1. Don (also dōn) Used as a courtesy title before the name of a man in a Spanish-speaking area.
a. A head, tutor, or fellow at a college of Oxford or Cambridge.
b. A college or university professor.
3. The leader of an organized-crime family.
4. Archaic An important personage.
1. To put on (clothing or an ornament, for example): donned long gloves for the costume party; don clown make-up for the performance.
2. To assume or take on: donned the air of the injured party.
[Middle English, contraction of do on, to put on; see do1.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) (tr) to put on (clothing)
[C14: from do1 + on; compare doff]
1. (Education) Brit a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
2. (Education) the head of a student dormitory at certain Canadian universities and colleges
3. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
4. (in the Mafia) the head of a family
[C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord]
(dɒn; Spanish don)
a Spanish title equivalent to Mr: placed before a name to indicate respect
[C16: via Spanish, from Latin dominus lord; see don2]
1. (Placename) a river rising in W Russia, southeast of Tula and flowing generally south, to the Sea of Azov: linked by canal to the River Volga. Length: 1870 km (1162 miles)
2. (Placename) a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
3. (Placename) a river in N central England, rising in S Yorkshire and flowing northeast to the Humber. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)
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(dɒn; Sp., It. dɔn)
1. (cap.) Mr.; Sir: a Spanish title prefixed to a man’s given name.
2. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a lord or gentleman.
3. (cap.) an Italian title of address, esp. for a priest.
4. (in the English universities) a head, fellow, or tutor of a college.
5. the head of a Mafia family.
6. Archaic. a person of great importance.
[1515–25; < Sp, Italian < Latin dominus]
v.t. donned, don•ning.
to put on or dress in: to don one’s gloves.
a river flowing generally S from Tula in the Russian Federation in Europe to the Sea of Azov. ab. 1200 mi. (1930 km) long.
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Past participle: donned
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A lecturer at a British university or college, especially at Oxford or Cambridge.
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