- acts or expressions of due respect or courtesy, as in greeting
Origin of devoirMiddle English ; from OFr, to owe ; from Classical Latin debere, to owe: see debt
- often devoirs An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility: pay one's devoirs.
- Duty or responsibility.
Origin of devoirMiddle English, duty, from Old French, from devoir, to owe, from Latin dēbēre; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
OriginSee also: devoirs
From Old French deveir (French devoir), from Latin debere (“to owe”)