Definition of El Dorado in English:

El Dorado

proper noun

  • 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. 1.1as noun A place of great abundance.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps this Atlantis, this El Dorado of suburbs does exist, but I for one couldn't be bothered travelling any further north to find it.’
      • ‘China's untapped cigarette market seemed to be an El Dorado for global tobacco companies looking to boost depleted sales margins due to a contracting First World market.’
      • ‘Yes, there's lots of talk of an El Dorado of forensic evidence, a gold mine of forensic evidence, and that's clearly what they do have.’
      • ‘Third is that the workers struggles for job security, against contract labour system and the making of an El Dorado.’
      • ‘Despite all this, the Kingdom is an eldorado for job and donation seekers.’
      • ‘And the sugar-beet fields all around, I know, will soon be transformed, each in their turn, into part of this El Dorado.’
      • ‘This densification of office and residential high-rises is new here, but the area has become an El Dorado for those interested in water sports, disco, and in-line skating.’
      • ‘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.’


Spanish, literally ‘the gilded one’.


El Dorado

/ˌɛl dəˈrɑːdəʊ/