[dev-uh n]
  1. Devonshire.
  2. one of an English breed of red cattle, bred for beef and milk.
  3. one of an English breed of sheep, bred for its long, coarse wool. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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