from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility. Often used in the plural: pay one's devoirs.
- n. Duty or responsibility.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Duty, business; something which one must do.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Duty; service owed; hence, due act of civility or respect; -- now usually in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Duty or service; hence, an act of civility or respect; respectful notice due to another: as, we paid our devoirs to our host.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formal expression of respect
Sir, of your valliance you should have held to your good vow, -- quoth the damozel, for now you see me sore perplexed and that you did not your devoir is my affliction.
'Help is needed there,' cried the kind heart just now, and then the blood did its 'devoir'.
Now consider, first, the difference in their influence over the armies of France, between the ancient word "devoir," and modern word "gloire."
What is important in this affair is that the devoir d'ingérance the right to violate the sovereignty of a country if human rights are being excessively violated has been recognised.
Je vais devoir vÃ©rifier les journaux de demain pour savoir quel village a perdu leur idiot ...... parce que je suis perdu.
Je vais devoir vérifier les journaux de demain pour savoir quel village a perdu leur idiot ...... parce que je suis perdu.
They were two others ... two agents secrets, who did what they must do ... their devoir, their duty.
Mon seul plaisir, dans cette série c'était devoir Logan & Veronica quoi.
Nous saluons le courage et le sens du devoir dont le soldat Alexandre Péloquin a fait preuve dans le cadre de cette mission difficile et périlleuse, convaincu qu'il était de l'importance de rétablir la sécurité et l'espoir en un idéal de justice en Afghanistan.
The mute accordingly wrote and delivered to the King, with the same form as before, another slip of paper, containing these words, “The will of the King is the law to his slave; nor doth it become him to ask guerdon for discharge of his devoir.”