- early-4th-century bishop of Casae Nigrae in northern Africa: leader of a heretical Christian group.Compare Donatist.
- Aelius.4th century a.d., Roman grammarian.
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Examples from the Web for donatus
And this outlaw, Donatus, led the men who attacked you here?
Donatus had wheeled toward the sounds, which ceased as suddenly as they began.
I promised you then that if the opportunity ever came Donatus would repay the debt.
When he is willing that we should depart, my friend, Donatus, will speak.
It was the voice of Donatus that checked them and kept them from doing her fatal harm.
- Auelius (ˈiːlɪəs). 4th century ad, Latin grammarian, who taught Saint Jerome; his textbook Ars Grammatica was used throughout the Middle Ages
- 4th century ad, bishop of Carthage; leader of the Donatists, a heretical Christian sect originating in N Africa in 311 a.d