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"Don" is a noun which is often translated as "Esq.", and "doña" is a noun which is often translated as "Mrs.". Learn more about the difference between "don" and "doña" below.
don(
dohn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (formal term of address; used with first names)
a. Esq. (in correspondence)
Sr. Don Ángel DomínguezÁngel Domínguez, Esq.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Recibí una carta de don Pedro.I received a letter from Peter.
Don Pablo, ya puede pasar al despacho.Pablo, if you'd like to go into the office now, sir.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(before common noun)
a. Mr.
Regionalism used in the United States
(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 for dealing with problematic people.
b. talent
Tiene un don para el violín.She has a special talent for the violin.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(present)
a. gift
Los tres Reyes de Oriente portaban dones para el nuevo Mesías.The Three Kings from the East bore gifts for the new Messiah.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(term of address)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. buddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿En qué puedo servirle, don?How can I help you, buddy?
b. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¿Cuántos quiere, don?How many do you want, mate?
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doña(
doh
-
nyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (form of address; used with first names)
a. Mrs.
Ahora la atiendo, doña Gloria.Gloria, I'll be with you in a moment, madam.
b. Miss
Ya llegó doña Carolina.Miss Carolina has arrived.
c. Ms.
Doña Viviana Aguirre será una de las conferenciantes esta tarde.Ms. Viviana Aguirre will be one of the speakers this afternoon.
2. (adult female)
a. lady
La doña que vende fruta en la esquina tiene sandía riquísima hoy.The lady who sells fruit on the corner has some delicious watermelon today.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(before common noun)
a. Mrs.
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Te crees que eres doña Perfecta?Do you think you're Mrs. Perfect?
b. Mrs (United Kingdom)
Doña Calamidad ya está preocupada por una tontería.Mrs Calamity is already worried about nothing.
4. (used to address a woman whose name is not known)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. madam
Doña, ¿no tiene una monedita que le sobre?Can you spare some change, madam?
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