devoir

[ duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar ]
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noun,plural de·voirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar]. /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛv wɑrz; French dəˈvwar/.
  1. an act of civility or respect.

  2. devoirs, respects or compliments: to pay devoirs to rank and celebrity.

  1. something for which a person is responsible; duty.

Origin of devoir

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever, from Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever ), from Latin dēbēre “to owe”; cf. debt

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