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[don] /dɒn/
verb (used with object), donned, donning.
1.
to put on or dress in:
to don one's clothes.
Origin of don2
1560-1570
1560-70; contraction of do1 + on; cf. doff
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Examples from the Web for donning
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  • "I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • By donning it again he would at least wear mourning for his manhood.

  • If monsieur feels that the cap fits him, I shall not stay him in the act of donning it.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • It was a quarter to eleven, and the men were donning their oilskins, with a view to hauling.

  • In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his Sunday-best.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
British Dictionary definitions for donning

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 donning

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).

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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