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A.Word.A.Day--El Dorado

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This week's theme: words with built-in definite articles.

El Dorado (el duh-RAH-doh) noun

A place offering fabulous wealth or opportunity.

[From Spanish, literally, the gilded one. After a legendary place in South America sought for its gold by 16th century explorers.]

See more usage examples of el dorado in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Although I felt somewhat excluded the last few years, I did appreciate seeing people parade their wealth as if they were financial conquistadors in a stock market El Dorado." Harvey Lieberman; I Told You So? Well, Not Exactly; The New York Times, Apr 29, 2001.

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