Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is ardently devoted to something; an enthusiast or advocate: a devotee of sports.
  • n. An ardent or fanatical adherent of a religion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ardent enthusiast or admirer
  • n. A fanatical or zealous believer in a particular religion or god

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is wholly devoted; esp., one given wholly to religion; one who is superstitiously given to religious duties and ceremonies; a bigot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is devoted or self-dedicated to a cause or practice; a votary; specifically, one given wholly to religious devotion; an extravagantly or superstitiously devout person.
  • n. Synonyms Zealot, enthusiast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ardent follower and admirer

Etymologies

From French devotee ("devoted") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That is why I use the term devotee because it brings a different connotation; someone who is dedicated to following a specific faith rather than simply acknowledging it because they were born into it.

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • Romney is known as a devotee of arcane details, and that facility with information may prove useful in governing, but now might be the time to sell a more focused campaign theme.

    Fred Bauer: An Affirmative, Pro-Growth Message Could Restore Romney's Momentum

  • And as a biographer of Virgil Thomson and a Gertrude Stein devotee, I am thrilled to be staying just a few blocks from the apartment building where Stein and Alice B. Toklas lived at 27 Rue de Fleurus.

    Paris Journal: Gerard Mortier and Paris Opera - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • My dad, the Fox “News” devotee, is a huge fan of Kiplings, having grown up in the British Empire himself.

    What is the normal rate of suicides? « Antiwar.com Blog

  • Rob Humanick at the Stranger Song: "In ways more complex than even the most ardent Lynch devotee is likely to recognize, Inland Empire challenges our very relationship to the fabric of film, from its own physical creation with digital photography to the split-personality groove it etches out, many scenes equally demanding both horror and humor from the audience."

    GreenCine Daily: Weekend shorts.

  • Mr. Williams, who appears to be a conspiracy devotee, is rightly concerned about the influence of money in American political campaigns.

    Matthew Yglesias » Obama and the Middle East

  • Zander is known as a devotee of Gustav Mahler and is currently recording the composer's complete works with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, according to his website.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • By the word devotee, we understand what Louis XIV. and Moliere did, persons the piety of whom consists in external observances; pious and charitable persons have nothing to do with this class.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • I'm a long term devotee of CGM, having used it on a virtually continuous basis for over three and a half years.

    Diabetes Daily

  • "I myself," he said, "am not what you call a devotee of the sport.

    The Betrayal

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