Sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a satirical novel by Cervantes, published in two parts (1605, 1615)
- the hero of this novel, who tries in a chivalrous but unrealistic way to rescue the oppressed and fight evil
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Origin: After Don Quixote, hero of a satirical chivalric romance by Miguel de Cervantes.
Don Quixote - Cultural Definition
(1605-1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, gaunt man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.
- A person who is both idealistic and impractical is often said to be “quixotic.”