[ad_1] verb (used with object), donned, don·ning.
  1. to put on or dress in: to don one’s clothes.

verb dons, donning or donned

  1. (tr) to put on (clothing)


  1. British a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
  2. the head of a student dormitory at certain Canadian universities and colleges
  3. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
  4. (in the Mafia) the head of a family


  1. a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect


  1. 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)
  2. a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
  3. 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 domain). The fem. form is Dona (Spanish/Portuguese), Donna (Italian).


early 14c. contraction of do on (see doff). “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.

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