- to put on or dress in: to don one's clothes.
Origin of don2
Examples from the Web for donned
Browne's "nuns" (models) donned sharp eyebrows, smokey eye makeup, and nails similar to those worn by Lorde to the Grammy Awards.The Blessing of Thom Browne Latest Collection
February 11, 2014
Even Amy Adams donned a vintage version of the frock in American Hustle.Diane von Furstenberg Celebrates 40 Years of the Wrap Dress
January 14, 2014
The Dior dress Lawrence donned at the Globes bears a strong resemblance to a duvet cover accented with black tape.Hollywood's Morning After: Emma Watson’s Pants and More
January 13, 2014
Everywhere you look, new gadgets that can be attached, strapped on, or donned arrive on the market.Is Wearable Technology a Fad or the Future?
January 9, 2014
But he hated the way he looked with a face full of makeup and had nearly given it up until he donned his first mask.The Secret World of Men Who Dress Like Dolls
January 7, 2014
Into the sea I threw the clothes I had been wearing, and donned fresh ones.The Long Labrador Trail
He entered the boathouse, undressed, and donned his bathing suit.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
I donned my broad-brimmed hat, and wrapped my cloak about me.The Shame of Motley
He gave her the skirt and she donned that over her own dress.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Oilskins were donned, for the sky was overcast and the wind keen.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
- (tr) to put on (clothing)
- 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
- a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect
- 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)
Word Origin and History for donned
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.