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Don1

[don; for 1 also Russian dawn]
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for don river

don1

verb dons, donning or donned
  1. (tr) to put on (clothing)
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Word Origin

C14: from do 1 + on; compare doff

don2

noun
  1. British 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
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Word Origin

C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord

Don1

noun
  1. a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect
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Word Origin

C16: via Spanish, from Latin dominus lord; see don ²

Don2

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 don river

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).

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don

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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don river in Culture

Don River

River in southwestern Russia.

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