Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Don Quixote (2 syl.).

 Don Ju’an.Donation of Pepin (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Don Quixote (2 syl.).
A gaunt country gentleman of La Mancha, gentle and dignified, affectionate and simpleminded, but so crazed by reading books of knight-errantry that he believes himself called upon to redress the wrongs of the whole world, and actually goes forth to avenge the oppressed and run a tilt with their oppressors. The word Quixote means The cuish-armed. (See QUIXOTIC.)   1
   A Don Quixote. A dreamy, unpractical man, with a “bee in his bonnet.”   2

 Don Ju’an.Donation of Pepin (The). 


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