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Sir, in Madrid (3 letter answer)

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The answer DON is seen frequently, appearing about once every 100 puzzles.

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DON as a noun:

1. a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
2. (preceptor, don) = teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
3. (don, father) = the head of an organized crime family
4. Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
5. (Don, Don River) = a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
6. a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename; "Don Roberto"

DON as a verb:

1. (wear, put on, get into, don, assume) = put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"