is do-on, as “Don your bonnet.” (See Doff, Dup.)
Then up he rose, and donned his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber door.
Shakespeare: Hamlet, iv. 5.
A man of mark, an aristocrat. At the universities the masters,
fellows, and noblemen are termed dons. (Spanish.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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