[ don; Spanish, Italian dawn ]
/ dɒn; Spanish, Italian dɔn /


(initial capital letter) Mr.; Sir: a Spanish title prefixed to a man's given name.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a lord or gentleman.
(initial capital letter) an Italian title of address, especially for a priest.
a person of great importance.
(in the English universities) a head, fellow, or tutor of a college.
(in the Mafia) a head of a family or syndicate.


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Origin of don

1515–25; < Spanish, Italian < Latin dominus

Definition for don (2 of 8)

[ don ]
/ dɒn /

verb (used with object), donned, don·ning.

to put on or dress in: to don one's clothes.

Origin of don

1560–70; contraction of do1 + on; cf. doff

Definition for don (3 of 8)

[ dohn ]
/ doʊn /


(in prescriptions) donec.

Origin of don

by shortening

Definition for don (4 of 8)

[ don; for 1 also Russian dawn ]
/ dɒn; for 1 also Russian dɔn /


a river flowing generally S from Tula in the Russian Federation in Europe, to the Sea of Azov. About 1200 miles (1930 km) long.
a river in NE Scotland, flowing E from Aberdeen county to the North Sea. 62 miles (100 km) long.
a river in central England, flowing NE from S Yorkshire to the Humber estuary. 60 miles (97 km) long.
a male given name, form of Donald.

Definition for don (5 of 8)

[ dawn ]
/ dɔn /

noun Welsh Mythology.

a goddess, the mother of Gwydion and Arianrod: corresponds to the Irish Danu.

Definition for don (6 of 8)

[ shoh-lan-der ]
/ ˈʃoʊ læn dər /


DonaldDon,born 1946, U.S. swimmer.

Definition for don (7 of 8)

[ shoo-luh ]
/ ˈʃu lə /


Donald FrancisDon,born 1930, U.S. football coach.

Definition for don (8 of 8)

[ cher-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɛr i /


Donald EugeneDon,1936–95, U.S. jazz trumpeter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for don (1 of 5)

/ (dɒn) /

verb dons, donning or donned

(tr) to put on (clothing)

Word Origin for don

C14: from do 1 + on; compare doff

British Dictionary definitions for don (2 of 5)

/ (dɒn) /


British 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 for don

C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord

British Dictionary definitions for don (3 of 5)

/ (dɒn, Spanish don) /


a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect

Word Origin for Don

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

British Dictionary definitions for don (4 of 5)

/ (dɒn) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for don (5 of 5)

/ (ˈtʃɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stoneSee also bird cherry
the fruit or wood of any of these trees
any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
  1. a bright red colour; cerise
  2. (as adjective)a cherry coat
slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
(modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or woodcherry tart

Derived forms of cherry

cherry-like, adjective

Word Origin for cherry

C14: back formation from Old English ciris (mistakenly thought to be plural), ultimately from Late Latin ceresia, perhaps from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasios
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