Dulcinea

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Gender: F Pronunciation: dull-SIN-ee-uh Meaning of Dulcinea: "sweetness" Origin of Dulcinea: Spanish

Miguel de Cervantes invented this elaborate-sounding name -- which roughly translates as "sweetness" -- for the beautiful maiden Don Quixote is obsessed with in his great novel. Even in the fictional world of the book, though, Dulcinea is not the woman's real name; Aldonza is. And because she never appears in person in the text, it's unclear whether she is as beautiful and saintly as the protagonist believes her to be. Probably not, given Don Quixote's track record.

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Pop Culture References for the name Dulcinea

Dulcinea del Toboso, character in Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote"
Dulcinea the Dragon, character in the "Sonic the Hedgehog"
Dulcinea "Nan" Pilgrim, character in "Witch Week" by Diana Wynne Jones (named after her ancestor, the "Archwitch" Dulcinea Wilkes)