donned; donning; dons

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."

Definitions of don
  1. noun
    teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
    synonyms: preceptor
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    type of:
    instructor, teacher
    a person whose occupation is teaching
  2. noun
    the head of an organized crime family
    synonyms: father
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    type of:
    chief, head, top dog
    a person who is in charge
  3. verb
    put clothing on one's body
    “The princess donned a long blue dress”
    synonyms: assume, get into, put on, wear
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    put on or wear a hat
    try, try on
    put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
    wrap in or adorn with a scarf
    slip on
    put on with ease or speed
    select and wear small, decorative articles of clothing, jewelry, etc.
    dress in a bonnet
    type of:
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
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