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[don] /dɒn/
verb (used with object), donned, donning.
to put on or dress in:
to don one's clothes.
Origin of don2
1560-70; contraction of do1 + on; cf. doff Unabridged
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  • Your sire rules the millions who have donned fear's stole forever.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • He had donned a dark woollen robe and his head was uncovered.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Meanwhile Tom tore his borrowed clothing from him, donned his handsome uniform, and made ready for more active movement.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • He at once received the rating of a midshipman, and donned his new uniform.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs William H. G. Kingston
  • Harriet had just donned a dainty frock of dimity, and was now dusting her chestnut ringlets lightly with powder.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
British Dictionary definitions for donned


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


(Brit) a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
the head of a student dormitory at certain Canadian universities and colleges
a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
(in the Mafia) the head of a family
Word Origin
C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord


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


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)
a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
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 donned



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).


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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dissolved organic nitrogen
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