donor

noun do·nor \ ˈdō-nər , -ˌnȯr \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of donor

1 : one that gives, donates, or presents something
2 : one used as a source of biological material (such as blood or an organ)
3 a : a compound capable of giving up a part (such as an atom, chemical group, or subatomic particle) for combination with an acceptor
b : an impurity added to a semiconductor to increase the number of mobile electrons

Examples of donor in a Sentence

  1. The money was raised from individual donors.

  2. She is one of the charity's major donors.

Recent Examples of donor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of donor

Middle English donoure, from Anglo-French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare



DONOR Defined for English Language Learners

donor

noun

Definition of donor for English Language Learners

  • : a person or group that gives something (such as money, food, or clothes) in order to help a person or organization

  • : a person who gives something (such as blood or a body organ) so that it can be given to someone who needs it


DONOR Defined for Kids

donor

noun do·nor \ ˈdō-nər \

Definition of donor for Students

: a person who donates

Medical Dictionary

donor

noun do·nor \ ˈdō-nər , -ˌnȯ(ə)r \

medical Definition of donor

1 : one used as a source of biological material (as blood or an organ)
2 : a compound capable of giving up a part (as an atom, chemical group, or elementary particle) for combination with an acceptor

Law Dictionary

donor

noun do·nor \ ˈdō-nər, -ˌnȯr \

legal Definition of donor

: one that gives, donates, grants, or confers something; specifically : settlor


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