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DON (donned, donning)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Don mean? 

DON (noun)
  The noun DON has 6 senses:

1. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
2. teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
3. the head of an organized crime family
4. Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
5. a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
6. a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename

  Familiarity information: DON used as a noun is common.


DON (verb)
  The verb DON has 1 sense:

1. put clothing on one's body

  Familiarity information: DON used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DON (noun)


Sense 1Don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A Spanish gentleman or nobleman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Don" is a kind of...):

gentleman (a man of refinement)

Domain category:

Spanish (the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain)


Sense 2don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

preceptor; don

Hypernyms ("don" is a kind of...):

instructor; teacher (a person whose occupation is teaching)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 3don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The head of an organized crime family

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

don; father

Hypernyms ("don" is a kind of...):

chief; head; top dog (a person who is in charge)


Sense 4Don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Instance hypernyms:

Celtic deity (a deity worshipped by the Celts)

Domain region:

Cambria; Cymru; Wales (one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; during Roman times the region was known as Cambria)


Sense 5Don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

Don River; Don

Instance hypernyms:

river (a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek))

Holonyms ("Don" is a part of...):

Russia; Russian Federation (a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state)


Sense 6Don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

Don Roberto

Hypernyms ("Don" is a kind of...):

form of address; title; title of respect (an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. 'Mr.' or 'General')

Domain category:

Spanish (the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain)


DON (verb)


Sense 1don [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put clothing on one's body

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

don; put on; get into; assume; wear

Context examples:

What should I wear today? / He put on his best suit for the wedding / The princess donned a long blue dress / The queen assumed the stately robes / He got into his jeans

Hypernyms (to "don" is one way to...):

dress; get dressed (put on clothes)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "don"):

hat (put on or wear a hat)

try; try on (put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice)

scarf (wrap in or adorn with a scarf)

slip on (put on with ease or speed)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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