University don

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A don is a fellow or tutor of a college or university, especially traditional collegiate universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in England,[1] Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland, and Delhi University in India.[2]

Like the term dom used for Roman Catholic priests, the term don derives from the Latin dominus meaning "lord" and is a historical remnant of Oxford and Cambridge having started as ecclesiastical institutions in the Middle Ages. The term don meaning crime boss also derives from dominus.


In some universities in Canada, a don is a resident assistant, typically an upper-year student paid a stipend to act as an advisor to and supervisor of the students in a university residence.

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  1. For background information and opinion, see a recently published selection of short articles by Cambridge Don, Professor Mary Beard, It's a Don's Life, London, Profile, 2009. ISBN 1-84668-251-7
  2. "Lotika's friends meet Prez to seek justice". The Times of India. Mar 27, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2013.