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Quixote

(Don) is intended for the Duke of Lerma. (Rawdon Brown.) Don Quixote. The romance so called is a merciless satire by Cervantes on the chivalric romances of the Middle Ages, and had the exc…

Quixotic

Having foolish and unpractical ideas of honour, or schemes for the general good, like Don Quixote, a half-crazy reformer or knight of the supposed distressed. Source: Dictionary of Phrase…

Don Quixote

Don Quixote is the hero of Don Quixote, the early 17th century novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Quixote is a dreamer and a gentle buffoon, an aging gentleman who sets out from his village of La Mancha t…

Don Quixote

(2 syl.). A gaunt country gentleman of La Mancha, gentle and dignified, affectionate and simple-minded, but so crazed by reading books of knight-errantry that he believes himself called up…

Don Juan

A native of Seville, son of Don José and Donna Inez, a blue-stocking. When Juan was sixteen years old he got into trouble with Donna Julia, and was sent by his mother, then a widow, on…

Quixote of the North

Charles XII. of Sweden, sometimes called the Madman. (1682, 1697-1718.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894QuixoticQuixote A B C D E F G H I J K L M …

Don

is do-on, as “Don your bonnet.” (See Doff, Dup.) Then up he rose, and donned his clothes, And dupp'd the chamber door. Shakespeare: Hamlet, iv. 5. Don A man of mark, an aris…

Don Pasquale

Music:Gaetano DonizettiLibretto:Donizetti and Giovanni RuffiniPremiere:Paris, January 3, 1843 Donizetti's exuberant farce chronicles the illfated attempts of elderly bachelor Don Pasquale to s…

Don Draper

Don Draper is the mysterious, brusque, womanizing advertising genius at the heart of the TV show Mad Men. A super-stylish look at the culture of mass-market advertising in the early 1960s, Mad Men pre…

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartArchive PhotosMusic:Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto:Lorenzo da PontePremiere:Prague, October 29, 1787 One of the most praised operas, Don Giovanni combines high drama wi…