don


don
m.
1 gift.
don de mando leadership qualities
tener el don de la palabra to have the gift of speech; (cualidad humana) to be a gifted speaker (de orador)
tener don de gentes to have a way with people
2 Mr., Mister.
3 don.
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don
nombre masculino
1 Mr
Señor Don Juan Pérez Mr Juan Pérez
don Luis llegó tarde Luis was late
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FRASEOLOGÍA
Don Fulano de Tal Mr So-and-So
un don nadie a nobody {{Table 1}}NOTA Don is a courtesy title placed before the first names of men {{/Table 1}}
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don
nombre masculino
1 (regalo) gift, present
2 (talento) talent, natural gift
tienes el don de la palabra you've got a way with words
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FRASEOLOGÍA
don de gentes natural ability to get on well with people
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noun m.
gift
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I
SM
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

don de lenguas — gift for languages

don de mando — leadership qualities pl ; (Mil) generalship

don de palabra — gift of the gab *, gift of gab (EEUU) *

2) (=deseo) wish

el hada le concedió tres dones — the fairy gave him three wishes

3) (=regalo) gift
II
SM
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 — iró he thinks he's Mr Perfect and never makes a mistake

el rey don Pedro — King Peter

Juan
2) Arg, Col * [tratamiento popular] mate *, buddy (EEUU) *
DON/DOÑA 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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I
masculino
a) (liter) (dádiva) gift
b) (talento) talent, gift

el don de la palabra — the gift of speech

II
masculino
1)
a) (con el nombre de pila, tratamiento de cortesía) ≈Mr

buenos días don Miguel — good morning Mr López

Sr Don Miguel López — (Corresp) Mr M López o (frml) Miguel López Esq

b) (fam) (en motes) Mr
2) (AmL) (uso popular)

¿qué le vendo, don? — what can I do for you, buddy (AmE) o (BrE) guv? (colloq)

•• Cultural note:
don/doña
The words don, for men, and doña, for women, are courtesy titles used before someone's name, when they are being spoken or written to. They are used for someone who is senior professionally, in age or socially. Doña is usually used only for married or widowed women, except in official documents, when it refers to any woman. Don and doña always precede a person's first name. "¿Se va ya, don Juan?" When talking about a third person you can use don and doña before their first name, which is followed by their surname: "Don Juan Montesinos". In correspondence, don and doña can be abbreviated to D. and Dn., or Dña. and Da, respectively, and can be preceded by the appropriate title señor or señora: ‘Sr. Dn. Juan Montesinos’; ‘Sra. Dña. Ana Castellón
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= gift, endowment, flair.
Nota: A veces confundido con flare.
Ex. The writer's gift is to orchestrate words in print better than the rest of us.
Ex. Appreciation of literature, and the ability to say things about it which are true but not new, is a much commoner endowment.
Ex. The image of the reference librarian, as portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in the film, 'Desk Set,' suggests the superb flair and intellectual acumen with which reference librarians would like to dazzle their patrons.
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* cultivar un don = cultivate + gift.
* don angustias = worryguts, worrywart, worrypot.
* don especial = knack, knack.
* dotar con un don = endow with + gift.
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I
masculino
a) (liter) (dádiva) gift
b) (talento) talent, gift

el don de la palabra — the gift of speech

II
masculino
1)
a) (con el nombre de pila, tratamiento de cortesía) ≈Mr

buenos días don Miguel — good morning Mr López

Sr Don Miguel López — (Corresp) Mr M López o (frml) Miguel López Esq

b) (fam) (en motes) Mr
2) (AmL) (uso popular)

¿qué le vendo, don? — what can I do for you, buddy (AmE) o (BrE) guv? (colloq)

•• Cultural note:
don/doña
The words don, for men, and doña, for women, are courtesy titles used before someone's name, when they are being spoken or written to. They are used for someone who is senior professionally, in age or socially. Doña is usually used only for married or widowed women, except in official documents, when it refers to any woman. Don and doña always precede a person's first name. "¿Se va ya, don Juan?" When talking about a third person you can use don and doña before their first name, which is followed by their surname: "Don Juan Montesinos". In correspondence, don and doña can be abbreviated to D. and Dn., or Dña. and Da, respectively, and can be preceded by the appropriate title señor or señora: ‘Sr. Dn. Juan Montesinos’; ‘Sra. Dña. Ana Castellón
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= gift, endowment, flair.
Nota: A veces confundido con flare.

Ex: The writer's gift is to orchestrate words in print better than the rest of us.

Ex: Appreciation of literature, and the ability to say things about it which are true but not new, is a much commoner endowment.
Ex: The image of the reference librarian, as portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in the film, 'Desk Set,' suggests the superb flair and intellectual acumen with which reference librarians would like to dazzle their patrons.
* cultivar un don = cultivate + gift.
* don angustias = worryguts, worrywart, worrypot.
* don especial = knack, knack.
* dotar con un don = endow with + gift.

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don1
masculine
1 (liter) (dádiva) gift
2 (talento) talent, gift
tiene un don para la música she has a talent o gift for music, she is a talented o gifted musician
el don de la palabra/razón the gift of speech/reason
tiene el don de meter siempre la pata (iró); she has a real talent for o (colloq) knack of putting her foot in it at every available opportunity (iro)
Compuestos:
don de gentes
ability to get on well with people, good interpersonal skills (frml)
tiene don de gentes he gets on well with people, he has a way with people
don de mando
leadership qualities (pl)
don2
masculine
don/doña (↑ dona a1)
A
1 [Vocabulary notes (Spanish) ] (tratamiento de cortesía)
(usado con el nombre de pila): desde que se fue don Miguel since Mr López left
¿le sirvo un café, don Miguel? would you like some coffee, Mr López?
Sr Don Miguel López (Corresp) Mr M López o (frml) Miguel López Esq.
2 (fam) (en motes) Mr
ése es don dificultades that's Mr `No can do' o Mr Negative
a don puntualidad no le va a caer nada bien que llegues tarde Mr Punctuality isn't going to think much of you showing up late (colloq)
donjuán m B. (↑ donjuán)
Compuesto:
don nadie
masculine and feminine nobody
¡y no se va a casar con un don nadie como tú! and she's not going to marry a nobody o (AmE colloq) a walking zero like you!
B
(AmL) (en el uso popular): ¿qué le vendo, don? what can I do for you, buddy (AmE) o (BrE) guv? (colloq)
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Multiple Entries:
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don
don sustantivo masculino
1
a) (liter) (dádiva) gift

b) (talento) talent, gift;

el don de la palabra the gift of speech;

don de gentes ability to get on well with people;
don de mando leadership qualities (pl)
2 (tratamiento de cortesía) ≈ Mr;
buenos días don Miguel good morning Mr López;

ser un don nadie to be a nobody
don 1 sustantivo masculino
1 (capacidad) gift, talent: tiene el don de hacerme perder la paciencia, she has a knack for making me lose my patience
2 (regalo, dádiva) gift: es un don divino, it is a heavenly gift
don 2 sustantivo masculino Señor Don Carlos Jiménez, Mr Carlos Jiménez
ser un don nadie, to be a nobody
Es incorrecto traducir Don Miguel por Mr Miguel, ya que Mr sólo se puede usar con un apellido. Lo mejor es traducirlo por Mr Miguel más el apellido o Mr más el apellido. Si te refieres al destinatario de una carta, puedes escribir Miguel Romero, Esq.
'don' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
abandonar
- abandonarse
- abatimiento
- abonarse
- absoluta
- absoluto
- abundar
- abusar
- acalorarse
- achantarse
- aconsejar
- adónde
- advertir
- agradar
- ajena
- ajeno
- algo
- almorzar
- amargada
- amargado
- amargarse
- antipatía
- apartarse
- aturullarse
- aunque
- aviso
- bagatela
- bajarse
- balde
- barrio
- bastarse
- berrinche
- bicha
- bilis
- blandengue
- bledo
- bobada
- bonita
- bonito
- borde
- botepronto
- broma
- buena
- bueno
- caballo
- caber
- calibre
- carne
- carné
- casar
English:
ability
- don
- empathize
- esquire
- excerpt
- flair
- genius
- gift
- money
- nobody
- nonentity
- pipsqueak
- skill
- way
- Esquire
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Don nm
el Don the Don
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don
1 m gift;
don de gentes way with people;
don de lenguas gift for languages
don
2 m Mr.;
don Enrique Mr. Sanchez English uses the surname while Spanish uses the first name
* * *
don nm
1) : gift, present
2) : talent
don nm
1) : title of courtesy preceding a man's first name
2)
don nadie : nobody, insignificant person
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don n
1. Mr
Don Antonio Díaz Mr Antonio DíazMr siempre va seguido del apellido, nunca del nombre solo
Don Antonio Mr Díaz
2. (habilidad) gift / talent
tiene un don para la pintura she has a gift for painting

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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