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a man's sweetheart
[C18: from the name of Don Quixote's mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes' novel; from Spanish dulce sweet]


(dʌlˈsɪn i ə, ˌdʌl səˈni ə)

n., pl. -cin•e•as.
a ladylove; sweetheart.
[1740–50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dulcinea - a woman who is a man's sweetheart
steady, sweetheart, sweetie, truelove - a person loved by another person
References in classic literature ?
Her name was Aldonza Lorenzo, and upon her he thought fit to confer the title of Lady of his Thoughts; and after some search for a name which should not be out of harmony with her own, and should suggest and indicate that of a princess and great lady, he decided upon calling her Dulcinea del Toboso -she being of El Toboso- a name, to his mind, musical, uncommon, and significant, like all those he had already bestowed upon himself and the things belonging to him.
Cardenio conoce bien, no obstante, que ocasiona el dolor y la melancolia en el hidalgo: Dulcinea del Toboso.
Readers of Don Quixote may be surprised to find out that there is no lady love for Don Quixote, who serves and pines for Dulcinea del Toboso, a figment of his imagination based on the women of the romances of chivalry.
The last detail does not infer any problems, either: despite the fact that there is no woman in his life, he remembers a close-by woman farmer, calls her Dulcinea del Toboso, and dedicates his thoughts and great deeds to her.
I bade him tell it to me; and he still laughing said, "In the margin, as I told you, this is written: `This Dulcinea del Toboso so often mentioned in this history, had, they say, the best hand of any woman in all La Mancha for salting pigs.
Quiere ser armado caballero a fin de que pueda ofrecer sus hazanas a la sin par Dulcinea del Toboso, la mujer mas bella del mundo.
Don Quixote also mistakes a neighboring peasant girl of Toboso to be Dulcinea del Toboso who was a beautiful but imaginary maiden of his fantasy and to whom he had pledged fidelity prior to leaving on his glorious expedition.
About his longing for his beloved Dulcinea del Toboso, his mythical "queen and lady.
Along with-him, Halik weaves his pages with discussions of Nietschze, Simone Weft, Kafka, the Cervantes characters Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and Dulcinea del Toboso, and others.
1) En este equipo de autores ficticios, tenemos tambien al grupo de academicos de Argamasilla, que escribe en unos pergaminos con letra gotica, una serie de sonetos y epitafios en memoria del insigne hidalgo, asi como Sancho Panza y Dulcinea del Toboso, transcriptos al final de la primera parte.
Pero la conexion central es otra: es entre Cesarea Tinajeros y Dulcinea del Toboso.
Mujeres en el imaginario epico: Dulcinea del Toboso y Helena de Troya