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[dev-uh-tee, -tey] /ˌdɛv əˈti, -ˈteɪ/
a person who is greatly devoted to something.
a person who is extremely devoted to a religion; a follower.
an enthusiastic follower or fan:
He's a devotee of jazz.
Origin of devotee
1635-45; devote + -ee
1, 3. See fanatic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for devotee
  • If you're a devotee of any other browser, you're probably groaning yourself silly right now, and with good reason.
  • He now owns quite a few other fiddles yet is at pains to make it clear that he is not a collector but a musician and a devotee.
  • Each devotee celebrates in a distinct, personal way even while joining the larger community.
  • Such a devotee of his own past should have been spared to see it through a bluer haze.
  • He was not a fanatic devotee of any doctrine-for him, living people were more important than any abstract scheme of ideas.
  • Seeing the light and getting lighter, a yoga devotee turns to a personal trainer to get in better shape.
  • He was a devotee of nonviolence and selfsacrifice, not violence and self-indulgence.
  • Much to the tomato devotee's delight open pollinated varieties have a proven record for disease resistance and superb taste.
  • To what extent he was merely a student or a devotee cannot, of course, be ascertained.
  • Brash, the perch devotee, says the same thing about his favorite fish.
British Dictionary definitions for devotee


a person ardently enthusiastic about or devoted to something, such as a sport or pastime
a zealous follower of a religion
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Word Origin and History for devotee

1640s, from devote, with a French suffix, perhaps on model of assignee. Earlier in this sense was devote (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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