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Nov 28, 2007
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Words with built-in definite articles

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El Dorado

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El Dorado

(el duh-RAH-doh) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A place offering fabulous wealth or opportunity.

From Spanish, literally, the gilded one. After a legendary place in South America sought for its gold by 16th century explorers.

"Although I felt somewhat excluded the last few years, I did appreciate seeing people parade their wealth as if they were financial conquistadors in a stock market El Dorado."
Harvey Lieberman; I Told You So? Well, Not Exactly; The New York Times; Apr 29, 2001.

See more usage examples of el dorado in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.


A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints. -Pablo Picasso, artist and sculptor (1881-1973)

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