don

To don means to put on, as in clothing or hats. A hunter will don his camouflage clothes when he goes hunting.

What is the opposite of don, an old-fashioned word meaning "to put on?" Doff another old-fashioned word meaning "to take off." These two words have something else in common - both are contractions from the 14th century English expressions do on and do off respectively. Don your boots before going out in the snow and doff them when you come inside again! A don is also a Spanish nobleman and a dean of a college at Oxford or Cambridge, but these meanings come from the Latin dominus meaning "master."

Primary Meanings of don

1.
n
teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
2.
n
the head of an organized crime family
3.
v
put clothing on one's body
Full Definitions of don
1

n teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)

Synonyms:
preceptor
Type of:
instructor, teacher
a person whose occupation is teaching
2

n the head of an organized crime family

Synonyms:
father
Type of:
chief, head, top dog
a person who is in charge
3

v put clothing on one's body

“The princess donned a long blue dress”
Synonyms:
assume, get into, put on, wear
Types:
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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
bonnet
dress in a bonnet
Type of:
dress, get dressed
put on clothes

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