characterized by devotion.
used in devotions: devotional prayers.


Often devotionals. a short religious service.

Origin of devotional

First recorded in 1640–50; devotion + -al1
Related formsde·vo·tion·al·i·ty, de·vo·tion·al·ness, nounde·vo·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·de·vo·tion·al, adjectivenon·de·vo·tion·al·ly, adverbun·de·vo·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devotional

Contemporary Examples of devotional

Historical Examples of devotional

  • To secure this effect, the devotional service must be an honest one.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • The Christianity of that time had devotional but not humanizing power.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • Yet they kept up their devotional exercises without any urging on my part.

  • Every relationship has its devotional rituals and observances which are important to it.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • He rose at six or earlier and at once composed some devotional verse.

British Dictionary definitions for devotional



relating to, characterized by, or conducive to devotion


(often plural) a short religious or prayer service
Derived Formsdevotionality or devotionalness, noundevotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for devotional

1640s; see devotion + -al (1). The noun meaning "devotional composition" is recorded from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper