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don

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verb \ˈdän\

Simple Definition of don

  • : to put on (a piece of clothing)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of don

donned

donning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put on (an article of clothing)

  3. 2 :  to wrap oneself in :  take on 3a

Examples of don in a sentence

  1. He donned his gloves and hat.

  2. <she donned her best gown for the ball>



Origin and Etymology of don

Middle English, contraction of do on


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with don


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don

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noun \ˈdän\

Simple Definition of don

  • : a teacher in a college or university; especially : a teacher at Oxford or Cambridge University

  • : a powerful Mafia leader

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of don

  1. 1 :  a Spanish nobleman or gentleman —used as a title prefixed to the Christian name

  2. 2 archaic :  a person of consequence :  grandee

  3. 3 :  a head, tutor, or fellow in a college of Oxford or Cambridge University; broadly :  a college or university professor

  4. 4 [Italian, title of respect, from donno, literally, lord, from Latin dominus] :  a powerful Mafia leader

Origin and Etymology of don

Spanish, from Latin dominus master — more at dame


First Known Use: 1523


DON

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Definition of DON

  1. director of nursing




Don

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geographical name \ˈdän\

Definition of Don

  1. river 1224 miles (1969 kilometers) Russia in Europe flowing SE & then SW into Sea of Azov



Rhymes with don



DON Defined for Kids

don

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verb \ˈdän\

Definition of don for Students

donned

donning

  1. :  to put on <don a cap>





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