Origin of don1
verb (used with object), donned, don·ning.
Origin of don2
Origin of don3
noun Welsh Mythology.
Examples from the Web for don
Contemporary Examples of don
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.Adiós to the Diva Duchess
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 20, 2014
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
November 14, 2014
Historical Examples of don
"Your bearing and your words, Don Martin, are such I should have looked for in you," he remarked.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
And whose death comes so opportunely for thy rise, Don Alvar?Calderon The Courtier
Mr. Don looks into the greyness from which this voice comes, and he sees his son.
Mr. Don rises, wincing, and Dick also is at once on his feet, full of compunction.
Mrs. Don comes in, as beautiful as ever, but a little aggrieved.
verb dons, donning or donned
Word Origin for don
Word Origin for don
Word Origin for Don
noun plural -ries
- a bright red colour; cerise
- (as adjective)a cherry coat
Word Origin for cherry
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.
c.1300, earlier in surname Chyrimuth (1266, literally "Cherry-mouth"); from Anglo-French cherise, from Old North French cherise (Old French, Modern French cerise, 12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from late Greek kerasian "cherry," from Greek kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. Mistaken in Middle English for a plural and stripped of its -s (cf. pea).
Old English had ciris "cherry" from a West Germanic borrowing of the Vulgar Latin word (cf. German Kirsch), but it died out after the Norman invasion and was replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures.