from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a courtesy title before the name of a man in a Spanish-speaking area.
- n. Chiefly British A head, tutor, or fellow at a college of Oxford or Cambridge.
- n. Chiefly British A college or university professor.
- n. The leader of an organized-crime family.
- n. Archaic An important personage.
- transitive v. To put on (clothing).
- transitive v. To assume or take on: donned the air of the injured party.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A university professor, particularly one at Oxford or Cambridge.
- n. A mafia boss.
- v. to put on, to dress in
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sir; Mr; Signior; -- a title in Spain, formerly given to noblemen and gentlemen only, but now common to all classes.
- n. A grand personage, or one making pretension to consequence; especially, the head of a college, or one of the fellows at the English universities.
- transitive v. To put on; to dress in; to invest one's self with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put on; invest with.
- n. [capitalized] A title in Spain and Italy prefixed to a man's Christian name, like Sir in Great Britain.
- n. A gentleman; a man bearing the title of or addressed as “Don.”
- n. Any person of high importance or leading position: applied ironically to one giving himself airs of importance.
- n. In Great Britain, a fellow of a college, or any college authority.
- n. In sea-fishing, a buoy used to mark a fishing-ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
- n. a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename
- n. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
- n. a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
- n. the head of an organized crime family
- v. put clothing on one's body
- n. teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
Spanish dialectal and Italian, both from Latin dominus, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, contraction of do on, to put on; see do1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dominus, "lord", "head of household", akin to Spanish don and Italian dom; from domus, "house", + diminutive suffix -inus. Compare dominie. (Wiktionary)
A contraction of Middle English do on. Compare also doff. (Wiktionary)