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What is a basic definition of don?
Don means to put on or dress in clothing. The word Don is a title for men in Spanish and don is a term for the head of a mafia family. Don has a few other senses as a noun.
When used as a verb, don means to put on clothing. When you don a fancy hat, you place it on your head. Sometimes don is used to indicate that you’re putting on fancy clothes.
- Real-life examples: People don formal clothes to attend weddings. The media is often obsessed with the designer clothing that celebrities have donned for an awards show. It is a good idea to don a helmet when riding a bike.
- Used in a sentence: I don my long winter coat whenever it snows.
In Spanish, the title Don is used like Mr. in English to show respect to a man. Don is used before a man’s first name.
- Real-life example: The fictional Don Juan was a legendary womanizer. The fictional Don Quixote is remembered for battling with windmills.
- Used in a sentence: While in Spain, I met with my good friends Don Emilio and Don Diego.
The word don is also used to refer to the head of a mafia family or syndicate. This sense of don is also sometimes used as a title.
- Real-life examples: Actor Marlon Brando played Vito Corleone, the don of the fictional Corleone family, in the film The Godfather. Carlo Gambino was the don of New York City’s Gambino crime family.
- Used in a sentence: The police arrested several low-ranking members of the crime family but could never get evidence against the don.
Where does don come from?
The first records of the verb don come from around 1560. It is a contraction of the common verb do and the preposition on. The first records of the noun form of don come from around 1515. It ultimately comes from the Latin dominus, meaning “God” or “the Lord.”
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How is don used in real life?
Don is most often used to mean to put or to wear clothing.
Donning long underwear unironically is a hallmark of my adulthood.
— Alan Bennett Ilagan (@alanilagan) December 7, 2020
Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.
— News 19 (@whnt) November 28, 2020
For the first time since last winter, I have donned slippers.
— Ben Rector (@benrector) October 20, 2014
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Is don used correctly in the following sentence?
After coming in from the rain, I donned my jacket and hung it in the closet.
How to use don in a sentence
When they don the jersey of a Tennessee university, they step out of their personal roles and into the role of an ambassador for our state.In Tennessee, GOP senators seek to ban protests during anthem, raising legal concerns|Glynn A. Hill|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
Later, Ligon tossed it in the trash and donned a new Flyers hat instead, a fresh start.He was locked up at age 15. Almost seven decades later, he’s reentering an unfamiliar world.|Karen Heller|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
That differentiates it from the type of gear that professional first responders might don when purposely entering a hot zone.Those ‘gas masks’ at the Capitol were actually escape hoods|Rob Verger|January 11, 2021|Popular-Science
The NBA has tightened those protocols in recent weeks, requiring players to wear masks on the bench before they enter games and to don proximity sensors that track their contacts in the case of a positive test.Three games postponed as the NBA’s coronavirus woes mount|Ben Golliver, Des Bieler|January 10, 2021|Washington Post
Players across the WNBA started donning those shirts that day, and the “Vote Warnock” message spread on social media.'We Did That': Inside the WNBA’s Strategy to Support Raphael Warnock—and Help Democrats Win the Senate|Sean Gregory|January 7, 2021|Time
We brought in Don Lemon, the year that he wrote his book, and I told that story to the audience that was there.
Nobody knows chaotic living quite like Don Draper, what with juggling high profile clients, his many paramours, and travel.
The Old-Fashioned is the crème of the cocktail crop—according to Don Draper, at least.
She reportedly also had a book collection worth more than €20 million, including a first edition of Don Quixote from 1605.
Don Terry, a senior writer at the Southern Poverty Law Center, doubts it.The Klan’s Call to Violence in Ferguson Blows the Lid Off Its Hypocritical Rebrand|Caitlin Dickson|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Don Alvar de Mendoce, for example," muttered Alphonse, between his teeth.
This was when Don Joan Ronquillo, with that great fleet, went out and fought the one that the enemy maintained along these coasts.
Don Diego beckoned two guards, who immediately drew near their prisoner.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The same has been said of Don Juan de Alvarado, ex-fiscal, and that is known throughout the country as a public matter.
You have not delivered into the hands of our chief, Don Emilio Aguinaldo, the money as agreed upon.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman