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definition of the word devoir

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From Old French deveir (French devoir), from Latin debere ‘to owe’.

Singular
devoir

Plural
devoirs

devoir (plural devoirs)

  1. (archaic) Duty, business; something which one must do.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, vol. 1 p. 149:
      he imprint not so much in his schollers mind [...] where Marcellus died, as because he was unworthy of his devoire he died there [...].
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol. 1:
      Then quoth the portress to the mistress of the house, "O my lady, arise and go to thy place that I in turn may do my devoir."

Old French deveir, from Latin debere ‘must’.

devoir m. (plural devoirs)

  1. duty
  2. exercise (set for homework)

devoir

  1. (intransitive) must, to have to

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