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don1

[don; Spanish, Italian dawn] /dɒn; Spanish, Italian dɔn/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Mr.; Sir: a Spanish title prefixed to a man's given name.
2.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a lord or gentleman.
3.
(initial capital letter) an Italian title of address, especially for a priest.
4.
a person of great importance.
5.
(in the English universities) a head, fellow, or tutor of a college.
6.
(in the Mafia) a head of a family or syndicate.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Spanish, Italian < Latin dominus

don2

[don] /dɒn/
verb (used with object), donned, donning.
1.
to put on or dress in:
to don one's clothes.
Origin
1560-70; contraction of do1 + on; cf. doff

don3

[dohn] /doʊn/
conjunction
1.
(in prescriptions) donec.
Origin
by shortening

Don

[don; for 1 also Russian dawn] /dɒn; for 1 also Russian dɔn/
noun
1.
a river flowing generally S from Tula in the Russian Federation in Europe, to the Sea of Azov. About 1200 miles (1930 km) long.
2.
a river in NE Scotland, flowing E from Aberdeen county to the North Sea. 62 miles (100 km) long.
3.
a river in central England, flowing NE from S Yorkshire to the Humber estuary. 60 miles (97 km) long.
4.
a male given name, form of Donald.

Don

[dawn] /dɔn/
noun, Welsh Mythology
1.
a goddess, the mother of Gwydion and Arianrod: corresponds to the Irish Danu.

Schollander

[shoh-lan-der] /ˈʃoʊ læn dər/
noun
1.
Donald ("Don") born 1946, U.S. swimmer.

Shula

[shoo-luh] /ˈʃu lə/
noun
1.
Donald Francis ("Don") born 1930, U.S. football coach.

Cherry

[cher-ee] /ˈtʃɛr i/
noun
1.
Donald Eugene ("Don") 1936–95, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
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  • don your costume and strut through town with masqueraders and giant puppets.
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British Dictionary definitions for don

don1

/dɒn/
verb dons, donning, donned
1.
(transitive) to put on (clothing)
Word Origin
C14: from do1 + on; compare doff

don2

/dɒn/
noun
1.
(Brit) a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
2.
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
Word Origin
C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord

Don1

/dɒn; Spanish don/
noun
1.
a Spanish title equivalent to Mr: placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin
C16: via Spanish, from Latin dominus lord; see don²

Don2

/dɒn/
noun
1.
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.
a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
3.
a river in N central England, rising in S Yorkshire and flowing northeast to the Humber. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)

cherry

/ˈtʃɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stone See also bird cherry
2.
the fruit or wood of any of these trees
3.
any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
4.
  1. a bright red colour; cerise
  2. (as adjective): a cherry coat
5.
(slang) virginity or the hymen as its symbol
6.
(modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or wood: cherry tart
Derived Forms
cherry-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Old English ciris (mistakenly thought to be plural), ultimately from Late Latin ceresia, perhaps from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasios
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Word Origin and History for don
n.

1520s, from Spanish or Portuguese don, title of respect, from Latin dominus "lord, master." The university sense is c.1660, originally student slang; underworld sense is 1952, from Italian don, from Late Latin domnus, from Latin dominus (see domain). The fem. form is Dona (Spanish/Portuguese), Donna (Italian).

v.

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.

cherry

n.

c.1300, earlier in surname Chyrimuth (1266, literally "Cherry-mouth"); from Anglo-French cherise, from Old North French cherise (Old French, Modern French cerise, 12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from late Greek kerasian "cherry," from Greek kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. Mistaken in Middle English for a plural and stripped of its -s (cf. pea).

Old English had ciris "cherry" from a West Germanic borrowing of the Vulgar Latin word (cf. German Kirsch), but it died out after the Norman invasion and was replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures.

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Slang definitions & phrases for don

cherry

adjective
  1. Virgin; sexually uninitiated: She confessed she was cherry
  2. In an unproved or maiden state of any sort: He hasn't published anything yet; still cherry
modifier

In mint condition; pristine: Mint is what I'm saying. Cherry/ including cherry restorations of Belairs and Fairlanes from the Fifties (1950s+ Hot rodders)

noun
  1. A virgin, of either sex (1935+)
  2. Virginity: Does he still have his cherry? (1928+)
  3. The hymen
  4. An inexperienced soldier sent to the front lines as a replacement: A Cherry who survived long enough earned the right to harass the next rookie (Army)
Related Terms

cop a cherry, have one's cherry, pop someone's cherry

[sexual senses fr the fancied resemblance between the hymen and a cherry]


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Related Abbreviations for don

DON

dissolved organic nitrogen
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