[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]
- an act of civility or respect.
- devoirs, respects or compliments.
- something for which a person is responsible; duty.
Origin of devoir
1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever < Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever) < Latin dēbēre to owe; cf. debt
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Related Wordsduty, task, business, office, assignment, work, project, thing, role, action, responsibility, operation, effort, stint, care, precondition, requisite, prerequisite, use, right
Examples from the Web for devoir
She will, once more, have nothing to do with the words dois and devoir.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
I will do my devoir to our young queen, and must then proceed on my journey to find the admiral.
“As a loyal Scot you are bound to pay your devoir to her Majesty,” she said.
But he answered that he was all ready thereto, and should do his devoir to the uttermost of his power.The Sundering Flood
When these ceremonies were done, the marshals of the field bade them do their devoir.Children's Literature
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