from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that contributes something, such as money, to a cause or fund.
- n. Medicine An individual from whom blood, tissue, or an organ is taken for transfusion, implantation, or transplant.
- n. Chemistry An atom, molecule, or ion that provides a part to combine with an acceptor, especially an atom that provides two electrons to form a bond with another atom.
- n. Electronics An element introduced into a semiconductor with a negative valence greater than that of the pure semiconductor.
- adj. Medicine Used for transfusion, implantation, or transplant: a donor organ.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who donates, typically, money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who gives or bestows; one who confers anything gratuitously; a benefactor. Inverse of recipient.
- n. One who grants an estate; in later use, one who confers a power; -- the opposite of donee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who gives or bestows; one who confers anything gratuitously; a benefactor.
- n. Specifically, in law: A giver.
- n. One who creates an estate tail.
- n. One who gives to another a power. See power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (medicine) someone who gives blood or tissue or an organ to be used in another person (the host)
- n. person who makes a gift of property
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman donour, from Latin dōnātor, from dōnāre, to give; see donation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English donoure, donour; from Anglo-Norman donour, from Old French doneur (See French donneur). (Wiktionary)