July 09, 2012
don (verb)
\DAHN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to dress oneself in : put on
How do you use it?
"She finished by donning a pair of black-rimmed spectacles with no glass in them. She had found these once in her father's desk and now sometimes wore them even to school, because she thought they made her look smarter." (Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy)
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Where did the verb "don" come from?

"Don" came about in Middle English as a contraction of the phrase "do on," meaning "to put on" or "to wear." When "don" first appeared in the 16th century, it was spelled "d'on" to mark its status as a contraction, but over time "d'on" lost its apostrophe and became "don." Its antonym, "doff" meaning "to take off," is also a contraction: it comes from "do off."
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