Definitions

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

  • n. The ability to attract others through personal magnetism and charm.

Etymologies

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

Spanish dialectal, charm, from Spanish, ghost, from Old Spanish, owner, proprietor, from duen de (casa), lord of (a house) : duen, lord (from Latin dominus; see dem- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-).

Examples

  • [76] While the term duende is Spanish, the other three spirits mentioned -- tigbalang, iki, mananangal -- are good old native demons.

    Filipino Popular Tales

  • Their website talks about the Spanish word "duende" -- which literally means something like

    Gearwire -

  • The duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought.

    Hadani Ditmars: Duende Comes to Vancouver

  • In fiction, I want a powerful narrative voice that soars off the lyric register with wrenching regrets, achieving what Lorca described as duende, or deep song.

    Living With Music: Dean Bakopoulos - Paper Cuts Blog - NYTimes.com

  • A duende is the ghost of a child who has died before it can be baptized: and there are many such children in Pavo, because Father Ignacius is such a wicked priest.

    DC's

  • The duende is a power, not a work; it is a struggle, not a thought ....

    theatre notes

  • He says, George Frazier, the writer who really popularized the term 'duende' [extraordinary sense of style], never wore a bow tie.

    Bow Ties

  • Indeed, Galván seems to achieve the near impossible feat of embodying flamenco's "duende", or demon, while avoiding its clichés.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • As Rodericks would say, the man just lacks "duende" ...

    Blog updates

  • We know now from personal experience that Mexicans, especially indigenous folks, love these dogs to an almost obsessive degree and consider her, as do we, a duende, not a dog.

    See You Later, Mr. Chan*

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  • Chamorro people believe in tales of taotaomonas, duendes and other spirits. Duende, according to the Chamorro-English Dictionary by Donald Topping, Pedro Ogo and Bernadita Dungca, is a goblin, elf, ghost or spook in the form of a dwarf, a mischievous spirit which hides or takes small children. 3

    I copied this from wikipedia so I don't know if you can use this info verbatim.

    September 11, 2009

  • A foot stomps.

    A head turns.

    The house crumbles.

    December 9, 2006