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Origin of don

1560–70; contraction of do1 + on; cf. doff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for donning

dress, wear, enrobe

Examples from the Web for donning

Contemporary Examples of donning

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.

  • If monsieur feels that the cap fits him, I shall not stay him in the act of donning it.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was a quarter to eleven, and the men were donning their oilskins, with a view to hauling.

  • In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his Sunday-best.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

British Dictionary definitions for donning


verb dons, donning or donned
  1. (tr) to put on (clothing)

Word Origin for don

C14: from do 1 + on; compare doff


  1. British a member of the teaching staff at a university or college, esp at Oxford or Cambridge
  2. the head of a student dormitory at certain Canadian universities and colleges
  3. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
  4. (in the Mafia) the head of a family

Word Origin for don

C17: ultimately from Latin dominus lord


  1. 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


  1. 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)
  2. a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorm Mountains and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 100 km (62 miles)
  3. 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 donning



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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