Don Juan[dän′wän′, -hwän′; also, -jo̵̅o̅′ən]
- Sp. Legend a dissolute nobleman and seducer of women: he is the hero of many poems, plays, and operas
- any man who seduces women or has one love affair after another; libertine; philanderer; rake
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- A libertine; a profligate.
- A man who is an obsessive seducer of women.
Origin: After Don Juan, legendary 14th-century Spanish nobleman and libertine.
Don Juan - Cultural Definition
A legendary Spanish nobleman and chaser of women; he first appears in Spanish literature in the seventeenth century. Many authors and composers have depicted him: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in the opera Don Giovanni; Lord Byron, in the long poem “Don Juan”; and George Bernard Shaw, in the play Man and Superman.
An obsessive and unscrupulous pursuer of women: “He charms all his female colleagues; he is the Don Juan of the office.” From the legendary nobleman who seduced hundreds of women and was eventually damned for his immoral ways.
don juan - Medical Definition