Definition of Dulcinea in English:


Pronunciation /dʌlˈsɪnɪə/ /ˌdʌlsɪˈniːə/


  • A person regarded as embodying the idealized attributes of the literary character Dulcinea; specifically a mistress, a lady love, a sweetheart.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Burton (1577–1640), writer. From Dulcinea (more fully Dulcinea del Toboso), the name (formed on Spanish dulce sweet) which Don Quixote gives to his (imaginary) mistress in Cervantes' Don Quixote.