devoir[də vwär′, dev′wär′]
- acts or expressions of due respect or courtesy, as in greeting
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French to owe ; from Classical Latin debere, to owe: see debt
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- An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility. Often used in the plural: pay one's devoirs.
- Duty or responsibility.
Origin: Middle English, duty, from Old French, from devoir, to owe, from Latin dēbēre; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.