- [pl.] 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”)