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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lothario \Lo*tha"ri*o\, n. [Name of a character in Rowe's drama, ``The Fair Penitent.''] A gay seducer of women; a libertine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, Italian form of Old High German Hlothari, Hludher (whence German Luther, French Lothaire), literally "famous warrior," from Old High German lut (see loud) + heri "host, army" (see harry (v.)). As a characteristic name for a lady-killer, 1756, from the name of the principal male character of Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent" (1703).


n. A man whose chief interest is seducing, usually women.


Lothario is a male first name which came to connote an unscrupulous seducer of women in The Impertinent Curious Man, a metastory in Don Quixote.

Usage examples of "lothario".

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But there was still more scandal when it was learned that on the night of the murder, Mary Miles Minter, followed by Mabel Normand, had separate trysts with Taylor his reputation as a Lothario was apparently well-founded.

A little experience in society teaches a young girl the arts and the phrases which all the Lotharios have in common.

She got dolled up for some Santo Leon Lothario, it went bad, he killed her, dumped her somewhere out in the boonies.

He'd never laid eyes on any of the Bohunk gals this greasy lothario had trifled with.

Ever anxious to parsimoniously pinch pennies, Mickey has cast lavender loverboy Touch Vecchio in a key role--and the Touchster is hot, hot, hotsville with the star of the movie: limpwristed lothario Rock Rockwell.