Devoir meaning

dəv-wär, dĕvwär
An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility.

Pay one's devoirs.

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Duty or responsibility.
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Duty.
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Acts or expressions of due respect or courtesy, as in greeting.
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(archaic) Duty, business; something which one must do.
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Origin of devoir

  • Middle English duty from Old French from devoir to owe from Latin dēbēre ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French deveir (French devoir), from Latin debere (“to owe”)

    From Wiktionary