Definitions

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  • n. A man who obsessively seduces women; a philanderer.

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

  • n. any successful womanizer (after the legendary profligate Spanish nobleman)
  • n. a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer who became the hero of many poems and plays and operas

Etymologies

After the legendary 14th century Spanish nobleman Don Juan. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With considerable difficulty the name Don Juan was taken from the sail, where Byron had manoeuvred to have it painted.

    Mrs Shelley

  • But the problem is – I'd been reading Don Juan, which is just so fun and rollicking, very postmodern in that 19th-century way, where Byron is interjecting commentary about local events, making little digs at his enemies, then effortlessly flowing back into Don Juan's adventures.

    A life in writing: Jennifer Egan

  • The Franco-Swiss billionaire, who smoked a cigar and drove a Smart car, was known as a Don Juan figure who liked to seek out businesses in distress.

    Roma, Claudio Ranieri and José Mourinho: romance and revenge in Italy

  • Web: www. singfest.sg and www. sistic.com Sydney OPERA Don Giovanni: Opera Australia presents the story of the handsome, darkly charming Don Giovanni -- also known as Don Juan, a name synonymous with "lady-killer."

    Time Off

  • The poem was based on a painting by Charles Ricketts, Don Juan (also known as Don Juan in Hell) (1906; oil, 116 cm. x 96 cm., Tate Gallery, London no. 3221); illus.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • The poem was based on a painting by Charles Ricketts, Don Juan (also known as Don Juan in Hell) (1906; oil, 116 cm. × 96 cm., Tate Gallery, London no. 3221); illus.

    Autobiographies

  • Pedro de Angulo arrived in the Quiche country, where the cacique, who since his baptism was known as Don Juan, showed them the same hospitality as he had to Fray Luis.

    Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings

  • And so your Don Juan has come to birth as a stage projection of the tragi-comic love chase of the man by the woman; and my Don Juan is the quarry instead of the huntsman.

    Epistle Dedicatory

  • But in Spain she would become Mrs. Matilda Smith de Jones, and her eldest-born would be called Don Juan

    Castilian Days

  • A good many people call him 'Don Juan' -- I don't know whether it's because he claims to be of pure Spanish blood, or whether it's a subtle recognition of his popularity with the ladies. "

    Across the Mesa

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