[ dih-voh-shuh-nl ]
See synonyms for devotional on
  1. characterized by devotion.

  2. used in devotions: devotional prayers.

  1. Often devotionals. a short religious service.

Origin of devotional

First recorded in 1640–50; devotion + -al1

Other words from devotional

  • de·vo·tion·al·i·ty, de·vo·tion·al·ness, noun
  • de·vo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • non·de·vo·tion·al, adjective
  • non·de·vo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • un·de·vo·tion·al, adjective

Words Nearby devotional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use devotional in a sentence

  • The devotional reading of the story is a most natural and helpful observance of the Easter season.

    His Last Week | William E. Barton
  • The exercises of the day soon commenced, and the old lady became wholly rapt in her devotional feelings.

  • His hair was remarkably soft and fine, and he had about him a devotional book and a muster-roll of 180 Indians.

  • Once a week the missionary families met for an English devotional meeting.

    Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
  • I often think I can still hear their fervidly devotional hymn of the sanctus—Heilig!

British Dictionary definitions for devotional


/ (dɪˈvəʊʃənəl) /

  1. relating to, characterized by, or conducive to devotion

  1. (often plural) a short religious or prayer service

Derived forms of devotional

  • devotionality or devotionalness, noun
  • devotionally, adverb

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