Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename
  2. (noun, object) a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
  3. (noun, person) Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
  4. (noun, person) a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
  5. (noun, person) the head of an organized crime family
  6. (noun, person) teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
  7. (verb, body) put clothing on one's body
    He put on his best suit for the wedding
    The princess donned a long blue dress
    The queen assumed the stately robes
    He got into his jeans

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Don

  1. 1523, from Sp. or Port. don, title of respect, from L. dominus "lord, master." The university sense is c.1660, originally student slang; underworld sense is 1952, from It. don, from L.L. domnus, from L. dominus (see domain). Don Juan "philanderer" is from the legendary dissolute Sp. nobleman dramatized by Gabriel Tellez in "Convivado… more
  2. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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