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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for donned

dress, wear, enrobe

Examples from the Web for donned

Contemporary Examples of donned

Historical Examples of donned

  • Into the sea I threw the clothes I had been wearing, and donned fresh ones.

  • 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

    Raphael Sabatini

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for donned



verb dons, donning or donned

(tr) to put on (clothing)

Word Origin for don

C14: from do 1 + on; compare doff




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




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




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)
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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.

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