Definition of don noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɑːn//
    University people
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  1. 1(British English) a teacher at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge an Oxford don see also donnish See related entries: University people
  2. 2(informal) the leader of a group of criminals involved with the Mafia
  3. Word Originnoun early 16th cent. (referring to a Spanish title which came before a male first name): from Spanish, from Latin dominus ‘lord, master’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: don