[dev-uh n] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devon

Contemporary Examples of devon

Historical Examples of devon

  • All the charity, all the gifts were for the members of the crew of the Pride of Devon.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • A faint hope that he might find her with Katherine had led him to Devon Street.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • It was her last day in Devon Street, so the Havilands had to be nice to her.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • "With the Devon and Somerset," replied Drake, with partial truth.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • Peace be to him for a lover of Dartmoor and true gentleman of Devon!

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for devon


  1. Australian a bland processed meat in sausage form, eaten cold in slices

Word Origin for devon

named after Devon


  1. Also called: Devonshire a county of SW England, between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, including the island of Lundy: the geographic and ceremonial county includes Plymouth and Torbay, which became independent unitary authorities in 1998; hilly, rising to the uplands of Exmoor and Dartmoor, with wooded river valleys and a rugged coastline. Administrative centre: Exeter. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 714 900 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 6569 sq km (2536 sq miles)
  2. a breed of large red beef cattle originally from Devon
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Word Origin and History for devon


county name, Old English Defena(scir), late 9c., "(territory of the) Dumnonii," a Celtic name. As a type of cattle, from 1834.

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