- to put on or dress in: to don one's clothes.
Origin of don2
Examples from the Web for donning
Contemporary Examples of donning
Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
See if you still feel comfortable walking around in a Robert Griffin III jersey while donning warpaint.It’s Official: ‘Redskins’ Is Racist, but Will the Team or NFL Listen?
June 18, 2014
Haghjoo went out too, donning tape over his mouth and a sign lauding free speech for Iran.Gay, Iranian And Stylish in Exile
February 27, 2014
And Prince, apparently, performed a three-hour set replete with six encores, all while donning a “spirit animal” ski hat.Justin Timberlake Closes Out SXSW in Style at Myspace Bash
March 17, 2013
To make things worse, the male offender in question is donning pigtails and a non-blinking expression right out of The Shining.Harlem Shake: The Best and Worst of the Viral Dance Routine
February 20, 2013
Historical Examples of donning
"I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
By donning it again he would at least wear mourning for his manhood.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If monsieur feels that the cap fits him, I shall not stay him in the act of donning it.St. Martin's Summer
It was a quarter to eleven, and the men were donning their oilskins, with a view to hauling.Chatterbox, 1905.
In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his Sunday-best.Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
- (tr) to put on (clothing)
Word Origin for don
- 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
- a Spanish title equivalent to Mr : placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin for Don
- 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)
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.