Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A legendary city or historical region of the New World, often thought to be in South America, that was fabled for its great wealth of gold and precious jewels and eagerly sought by 16th- and 17th-century explorers, including Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • n. A place of fabulous wealth or inordinately great opportunity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Muisca tribal chief who covered himself in gold dust
  • proper n. A legendary lost city of gold
  • proper n. Thus, any place of fabulous wealth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A name given by the Spaniards in the 16th century to an imaginary country in the interior of South America, reputed to abound in gold and precious stones.
  • Any region of fabulous wealth; exceeding richness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A country rich beyond all precedent in gold and jewels, which the early Spanish explorers believed to exist somewhere in the new world, and which Orellana averred that he had found in his voyage down the Amazon in 1540-41.

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

  • n. an imaginary place of great wealth and opportunity; sought in South America by 16th-century explorers
  • n. an imaginary place of great wealth and opportunity; sought in South America by 16th-century explorers

Etymologies

After El Dorado 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish The golden one (Wiktionary)

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