do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) , -ˌnȯr \

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)
3a : 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

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Examples of donor in a Sentence

The money was raised from individual donors. She is one of the charity's major donors.
Recent Examples on the Web One grapples with the prospect of finding a sperm donor and raising a child on her own. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 11 May 2020 An anonymous donor added $5,000 to the purse during the main event. Fox News, "Suspended NASCAR star Kyle Larson finishes tenth in return to racing," 10 May 2020 Known for his warm smile and laugh, the Canton man was familiar in metro Detroit's Muslim communities as both a prayer leader and a generous donor to charities, poor people and mosques. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant store owner in Detroit and Muslim prayer leader dies of coronavirus," 10 May 2020 Prosecutors in New York accused him of obstruction, stemming from the investigation into the Trump inaugural committee, for backdating a check to a donor and deleting email evidence. Caleb Melby,, "Fundraiser Lobbied for Foreign Countries, U.S. Says," 8 May 2020 Following the benefit's announcement, an anonymous donor agreed to match the first $100,000 in donations made to the organization during the event. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Watch Tony Goldwyn, Will Ferrell, Mindy Kaling and More Stars in Americares' Coronavirus Benefit," 1 May 2020 An anonymous donor pledged to donate a dozen hot spots. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "This Rural School District Has Been Asking for Wi-Fi for Years. Now It’s Finally Getting It.," 28 Apr. 2020 An anonymous donor gave what’s called convalescent plasma Friday morning at the Blood Bank of Alaska in Anchorage. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "State’s 5 new COVID-19 cases involve Southcentral Alaska residents," 18 Apr. 2020 The Center in Las Vegas, which funds crisis programming for the LGBTQ community, received a $5,000 donation, matched by an anonymous donor. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Property Group Donates Two Million Face Masks and More for Coronavirus Relief (Video)," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of donor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for donor

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

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Donor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of donor

: 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


do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) \

Kids Definition of donor

: a person who donates


do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) , -ˌnȯ(ə)r How to pronounce donor (audio) \

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

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do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər, -ˌnȯr How to pronounce donor (audio) \

Legal Definition of donor

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

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