[ad_1] verb (used with object), donned, don·ning.
- to put on or dress in: to don one’s clothes.
verb dons, donning or donned
- (tr) to put on (clothing)
- British a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
- the head of a student dormitory at certain Canadian universities and colleges
- a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
- (in the Mafia) the head of a family
- a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect
- a river rising in W Russia, southeast of Tula and flowing generally south, to the Sea of Azov: linked by canal to the River Volga. Length: 1870 km (1162 miles)
- a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
- a river in N central England, rising in S Yorkshire and flowing northeast to the Humber. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)
1520s, from Spanish or Portuguese don, title of respect, from Latin dominus “lord, master.” The university sense is c.1660, originally student slang; underworld sense is 1952, from Italian don, from Late Latin domnus, from Latin dominus (see ). The fem. form is Dona (Spanish/Portuguese), Donna (Italian).
early 14c. contraction of do on (see ). “After 1650 retained in popular use only in north. dialect; as a literary archaism it has become very frequent in 19th c.” [OED]. Related: Donned; donning.