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.
  3. 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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devoirs

pl n
  1. (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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