from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sweetheart; a mistress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mistress; a sweetheart.

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  • noun obsolete A mistress; a sweetheart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woman who is a man's sweetheart


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Spanish, from Dulcinea del Toboso, the mistress of the affections of Don Quixote.


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  • When the dance, which was generally a long waltz, was over, he seated his partner, and then went to a little counter at the end of the room and bought his dulcinea a plate of the candies and sweetmeats provided.

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  • I hope MacCain is solidly defeated with his dulcinea who got his endrenalin going and managed to fool him.

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  • They have a new dulcinea wherever they newly quarter, and carry about the few ideas they possess from damsel to damsel, as regularly as from town to town. '


  • I should do with this languishing dulcinea, should I deliver her from thraldom?


  • This was no other than an expedient of the painter to awaken his dulcinea, with whom he had made an assignation, or at least interchanged such signals as he thought amounted to a firm appointment.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Israelite and his dulcinea dejected in consequence of their disgrace, the poet absorbed in lofty meditation, the painter in schemes of revenge; while Jolter, rocked by the motion of the carriage, made himself amends for the want of rest he had sustained; and the mendicant, with his fair charge, were infected by the cloudy aspect of our youth, in whose disappointment each of them, for different reasons, bore no inconsiderable share.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The pupil, who was well assured of the true motive, allowed his governor to enjoy the triumph of his own penetration, and consoled himself with the hope of seeing his dulcinea again at some of the public places in Paris, which he proposed to frequent.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • During his next interview with his dulcinea, far from discovering the least sign of jealousy or discontent, he affected the appearance of extraordinary fondness, and, after having spent the afternoon with the show of uncommon satisfaction, told her he was engaged in a party for Fountainebleau, and would set out from Paris that same evening; so that he should not have the pleasure of seeing her again for some days.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • This affair being settled to his satisfaction, and the night at odds with morning, he took an opportunity of imparting to the ear of this aged dulcinea a kind whisper, importing a promise of visiting her when his sister should be retired to her own chamber, and an earnest desire of leaving her door unlocked.

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  • The Count — except for the sake of my dulcinea, what was it to me whether the old coward whom I had seen, in an ague of terror before the brawling Colonel, interposed or not?

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