devoir

[ duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar ]
/ dəˈvwɑr, ˈdɛv wɑr; French dəˈvwar /

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
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