[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]

noun, plural de·voirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar] /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛv wɑrz; French dəˈvwar/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devoir

Historical Examples of devoir

  • She will, once more, have nothing to do with the words dois and devoir.

  • I will do my devoir to our young queen, and must then proceed on my journey to find the admiral.


    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “As a loyal Scot you are bound to pay your devoir to her Majesty,” she said.


    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But he answered that he was all ready thereto, and should do his devoir to the uttermost of his power.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

  • When these ceremonies were done, the marshals of the field bade them do their devoir.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry