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don

verb \ ˈdän \

Definition of don

donned; donning
transitive verb
1 :to put on (an article of clothing)
  • donned his hat and gloves
2 :to wrap oneself in :take on 3a
  • the donning of new and more tyrannous moralities
  • —Edward Sapir

Examples of don in a Sentence

  1. He donned his gloves and hat.

  2. she donned her best gown for the ball

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Origin and Etymology of don

Middle English, contraction of do on

don Synonyms

Synonyms
put on, slip (on or into), throw (on)
Antonyms
doff, remove, take off
Related Words
apparel, array, attire, bedeck, bedizen, bundle up, caparison, clothe, doll up, dress, garb, rig, robe, suit, trick, uniform; overdress
Near Antonyms
disrobe, strip, undress

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don

noun \ ˈdän \

Definition of don

1 :a Spanish nobleman or gentleman used as a title prefixed to the Christian name
2 archaic :a person of consequence :grandee
  • the great dons of wit
  • —John Dryden
3 :a head (see 1head 6a), tutor, or fellow (see fellow 5) in a college of Oxford or Cambridge University
  • she didn't want to be a don's wife and live in Oxford forever
  • —Virginia Woolf
; broadly :a college or university professor
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[Italian, title of respect, from donno, literally, lord, from Latin dominus]
:a powerful Mafia leader

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Origin and Etymology of don

Spanish, from Latin dominus master — more at dame


DON

abbreviation

Definition of DON

director of nursing

Don

geographical name \ ˈdän \

Definition of Don

river 1224 miles (1969 kilometers) long in Russia in Europe flowing southeast and then southwest into the Sea of Azov


DON Defined for English Language Learners

don

verb

Definition of don for English Language Learners

  • : to put on (a piece of clothing)


don

noun

Definition of don for English Language Learners

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

  • : a powerful Mafia leader


DON Defined for Kids

don

verb \ ˈdän \

Definition of don for Students

donned; donning
:to put on
  • don a cap


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