Definition of El Dorado in English:

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El Dorado

Pronunciation: /ˌel dəˈrädō/
1The name of a fictitious country or city abounding in gold, formerly believed to exist somewhere in the region of the Orinoco and Amazon rivers.
1.1 (as noun an El Dorado or eldorado) (plural El Dorados) A place of great abundance.
Example sentences
  • Despite all this, the Kingdom is an eldorado for job and donation seekers.
  • While mining has excavated an El Dorado for both the company and the Indonesian Government, it has been an ecological, social and economic purgatory for the Papuans.
  • And now, two decades later, Todd and I have rediscovered this El Dorado of rock in the hidden corazón of Mexico, and we've climbed its apocryphal face.


Spanish, literally 'the gilded one'.

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Syllabification: El Do·ra·do

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