PRONUNCIATION: (don kee-HO-tee/tay, don KWIK-suht)

MEANING: noun: Someone who is unrealistic, naive, chivalrous, idealistic, etc. to an absurd degree.

ETYMOLOGY: After Don Quixote, hero of the eponymous novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Earliest documented use: 1644. Sometimes the term is used simply as Quixote. The adjectival form is quixotic.

DONA QUIXOTE - early proposed title of "The Taming of the Shrew"

DONQUI GOTE - two commonly misspelled farm animals

DON QUI DOTE - reference to how Dulcinea was treated (in the French translation)