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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

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.
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  • The dons are thought to fund many campaigns, and often run get-out-the-vote operations during elections.
  • The outcome will be determined not by student demand but by a committee comprised of dons and administrators.
  • Second, the kidney punch before the author dons his specs isn't particularly convincing.
  • But the thought of that fills dons with horror, and has for decades.
  • Some of the children rush at the bubbles, delight at the noise toys, squeal with pleasure when a staff member dons a mask.
  • The animals ignore him, but when he dons a fireman's helmet they immediately respond.
British Dictionary definitions for dons

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)
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Word Origin and History for dons

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.

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Related Abbreviations for dons

DON

dissolved organic nitrogen
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