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don1

Syllabification: don
Pronunciation: /dän
 
/

noun

1 (Don) A Spanish title prefixed to a male forename.
Example sentences
  • Carmen pleads ‘Let me go’ to a Don José.
  • There is probably room for a touch more earthiness, a little more hardness in her approach to a Don José who is always going to be putty in her hands.
  • Others see him as a Don Quixote-like noble, if naive, figure who sacrificed his political career rather than abandon his aspiration.
1.1A Spanish gentleman; a Spaniard.
Example sentences
  • She imagined a Spanish don living here in the 1800s, and building a stately hacienda in stages as his family grew.
  • The Perdido Star eventually reaches Cuba, where young Jack's parents are murdered by the requisite villainous Spanish don.
  • In the first half of the fifteenth century, Gutierre Diaz de Gámez wrote an account of the deeds of his lord don Pero Nino, count of Buelna.
1.2North American informal A high-ranking member of the Mafia.
Example sentences
  • The final straw was when she was sent to kill a mafia don.
  • Instead, like a mafia don in a witness protection program, he will have to leave his current life and construct a brand new one.
  • That's the same maximum sentence a mafia don gets for threatening a witness.
2A university teacher, especially a senior member of a college at Oxford or Cambridge.
[transferred colloquial use of the Spanish title (see above)]
Example sentences
  • He worked easily with the many newcomers into his department, most of them university dons.
  • The indication that Oxford might have to consider implementing similar measures has been greeted with caution by University officials, dons, and students alike.
  • As a don at the local university, he reviewed regularly for the Glasgow Herald.

Origin

early 16th century: from Spanish, from Latin dominus 'lord, master'.

Derivatives

donship

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Victoria College has recently changed its policy regarding donships, now allowing third-years to apply.
  • It was my intention from an early age to aspire to a quiet life of letters, an Oxford donship, if possible, with the occasional slim volume privately printed every couple of years.
  • To do this, a position was designed that combines the attractive features of the donship without the features of the floor senior position.

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don2

Syllabification: don
Pronunciation: /dän
 
/

verb (dons, donning, donned)

[with object]
Put on (an item of clothing): in the locker room the players donned their football jerseys
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  • At his urging, I donned protective clothing and headed off in search of this tragic new affliction.
  • But he was nevertheless disgruntled that he himself would not be donning the shirt.
  • Most fans are content with donning a replica shirt and attending the odd game.

Origin

late Middle English: contraction of do on. Compare with doff.

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Don3

Syllabification: Don
Pronunciation: /dän
 
/
1A river in Russia that rises near Tula, southeast of Moscow, and flows for 1,224 miles (1,958 km) to the Sea of Azov.
2A river in Scotland that rises in the Grampian Mountains and flows east for 82 miles (131 km) to the North Sea at Aberdeen.
3A river in northern England that rises in the Pennine Hills and flows east for 70 miles (112 km) to join the Ouse River shortly before it, in turn, joins the Humber River.

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