transitive verb
1. (formal) 
a. enfundarse, ponerse (hat, clothes) 
don [dɒn]
transitive verb
[+garment] ponerse; ataviarse con
don [dɒn]
1 (Britain) (Univ) catedráticoacatedrática (m) (f);a catedrática
2 (US)
a Mafia don un capo de la Mafia
Kunstler also defended an alleged Mafia don ...the neighborhood Mafia don
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usage note
This word may also be spelled "Don" when used in contexts like those shown in 1) and 2).
masculine noun
1. (formal term of address) 
a. Mr. (United States) 
Don Pablo, ya puede pasar al despacho.Mr. Pablo, please, come into the office.
b. Mr (United Kingdom) 
Recibí una carta de don Pedro.I received a letter from Mr Peter.
c. Esq. (correspondence) 
Sr. Don Ángel DomínguezÁngel Domínguez, Esq.
2. (colloquial) (before common noun) 
a. Mr. (United States) 
¡Mira quién habló, Don Perfecto!Look who's talking, Mr. Perfect!
b. Mr (United Kingdom) 
Aquí don Videojuegos no aparta los ojos de la pantalla.Mr Videogames here can't take his eyes off the screen.
3. (ability) 
a. gift 
Tiene un don especial para tratar con la gente problemática.She has a special gift to treat with problematic people.
b. talent 
Tiene un don para el violín.She has a special talent for the violin.
4. (literary) (present) 
a. gift 
Los tres Reyes de Oriente portaban dones para el nuevo Mesías.The three Eastern Kings bore gifts to the new Messiah.
5. (colloquial) (term of address) (Latin America) 
a. buddy (colloquial) (United States) 
¿En qué puedo servirle, don?How can I help you, buddy?
masculine noun
1. (tratamiento)
  • don Andrés IturbeMr Andrés Iturbe; Andrés Iturbe Esquire (en cartas)
  • don AndrésMr Iturbe
2. gift (habilidad)
  • don de mandoleadership qualities
  • tener el don de la palabrato have the gift of speech; (cualidad humana) to be a gifted speaker (de orador)
  • tener don de gentesto have a way with people
1 (talento) gift
tiene un don especial para la música she has a special gift for music; tiene don con los niños she has a way with children
don de gentes
tener don de gentes to know how to handle people; be good with people
tiene don de gentes
don de lenguas gift for languages
don de mando leadership qualities plural; (p) (Mil) generalship
don de palabra gift of the gab (familiar); gift of gab (familiar); (EEUU)
2 (deseo) wish
el hada le concedió tres dones the fairy gave him three wishes
3 (regalo) gift
1 (tratamiento de cortesía)
Don (en carta, sobre) Esquire; Sr. Don Fernando García (en correspondencia) Mr F. García; Fernando García Esq.; ¿habéis visto a don Fernando? have you seen Mr García?; es don perfecto, él cree que nunca se equivoca he thinks he's Mr Perfect and never makes a mistake; el rey don Pedro King Peter
2 (Arg) (Col) (tratamiento popular) mate (familiar); buddy (familiar); (EEUU)
A courtesy title, don/doña placed before the first name of an older or more senior man/woman is a way of showing them your respect when talking to them or about them. E.g. "¿Podría hablar con don César Roca?", "Buenos días doña Alicia. ¿Qué tal su viaje?" Although now becoming rarer, in Spain Don and Doña, often abbreviated to D. and Dña., are commonly used before full names on official documents and contracts. In formal correspondence, they are used in combination with Sr., Sra. and Srta., e.g. Sr. D. Bernardo Esplugas Martín, Sra. Dña. Ana Rodríguez.
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