1590s, from Spanish El Dorado “the golden one,” name given 16c. to country or city believed to lie in the heart of the Amazon jungle, from past participle of dorar “to gild,” from Latin deaurare.
[el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-th aw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4] /ˌɛl dəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ- or, Spanish, ɛl dɔˈrɑ ðɔ for 1, 2; ˌɛl dəˈreɪ doʊ for 3, 4/ noun 1. a legendary treasure city of South America, sought by the early Spanish explorers. 2. any place offering great wealth. […]
abbreviation 1. European Democratic and Reform Party: a European political party since 1993
[el-drid] /ˈɛl drɪd/ noun 1. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “old” and “counsel.”. masc. proper name, from Old English Ealdred, literally “great in counsel,” from eald “old, great” (see old) + ræd “advice, counsel” (see read (v.)).
Eldredge (ěl’drědj) American paleontologist who with Stephen Jay Gould developed the theory of punctuated equilibrium in 1972.