Definition of duende in English:

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Pronunciation: /duːˈɛndeɪ/


[mass noun]
1A quality of passion and inspiration.
Example sentences
  • In addition to its destabilizing qualities, Garcia Lorca associates duende with ever-present danger, death, and renewal.
  • We diminish, by calling it atmosphere, a dark quality closer to Lorca's duende.
  • For those who have experienced duende this is not an honest picture of reality.
1.1 [count noun] A spirit.
Example sentences
  • They were visited at times by duendes.
  • The duende can cause disease, but placing gourds of food for them in a doorway will prevent an epidemic.
  • A character specific to the Sierra region is the duende, a large-eyed sprite who wears a hat and who preys on children.


1920s: from Spanish, contraction of duen de casa, from dueño de casa 'owner of the house'.

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