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- n. The position or role of a don.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or rank of a don, gentleman, or knight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or rank of a don: used, after your, his, etc., in an honorary form of address or reference to one entitled to be called don.
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After many years of donship, his remote parish was somewhat of a solitude to him, and intercourse with a cultivated mind was as pleasant to him now as the sight of a lady had been in his college days.
“I am amazed,” cried Tom, “how did his donship get such a lovely creature?”
(that of Oxford donship undoubtedly is), but I can't tell you how antique it all seems.