[dev-uh-tee, -tey]
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Origin of devotee

First recorded in 1635–45; devote + -ee

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1, 3. See fanatic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for devotee


  1. a person ardently enthusiastic about or devoted to something, such as a sport or pastime
  2. a zealous follower of a religion
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Word Origin and History for devotee

1640s, from devote, with a French suffix, perhaps on model of assignee. Earlier in this sense was devote (1620s).

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