devoir

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

Nearby words

  1. devitrify,
  2. devizes,
  3. devocalize,
  4. devoice,
  5. devoid,
  6. devoirs,
  7. devolatilize,
  8. devolution,
  9. devolve,
  10. devon

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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British Dictionary definitions for devoirs

devoirs

/ (dəˈvwɑː, French dəvwar) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) compliments or respects; courteous attentions

Word Origin for devoirs

C13: from Old French: duty, from devoir to be obliged to, owe, from Latin dēbēre; see debt

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