What is the Don?

Ekaterina Zhukova
Ekaterina Zhukova
February 16, 2015
What is the Don?

The word "don" has several common meanings. Its definition can be found in the explanatory dictionaries of various authors (Ushakov, Ephraim and others), as well as in the encyclopedic dictionary.

The most commonly used variants of the meaning of the word "don" in our language will be discussed further.

What is the Don: the origin and meaning of the word

Most often the word "don" in modern language means:

  1. The river Don flowing in the European part of the Russian Federation. The name of the river Don comes from the Aryan root "dānu", which literally means "river". The length of the Don River is 1870 km. Don originates in the Central Russian Upland, and flows into the Sea of ​​Azov (Taganrog Bay). The River Don has several tributaries, the main of which are the Sal, Medveditsa, Khoper rivers (on the left side) and Seversky Donets (on the right side). Don is connected with the Volga Volga-Don Canal, which is navigable. Don himself is navigable from the mouth of the Sosna River (1604 km). On the banks of the Don River there are several large cities: Rostov-on-Don, Volgodonsk, Voronezh and others.
  2. Appeal to a man in Spanish-speaking countries. For example, Don Jimenos.In this case, the word "don" is of Latin origin, namely, the abbreviation of the word "dominus", meaning "lord." The don particle in this case is placed in front of the name and is a respectful form of addressing a man. Women are usually referred to as dona (in Spanish) or donna (in Italian and Portuguese.)
  3. The title of clergy and nobles in Italy. In Italy, the word "Don" is the honorary title of the clergy and people of noble origin.

Now you know what don is.

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