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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.
1635-45; devote + -ee
1, 3. See fanatic. Unabridged
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  • Some devotees even pedaled bicycles, red flags sticking up from the handlebars.
  • These same results may not be obtained in studies of military officers, welfare recipients or nightclub devotees, for example.
  • Instead, churches have always had to vie for devotees.
  • Yet the printed book will never entirely die, as devotees of vinyl and film have shown.
  • The visitors themselves aren't really visitors but devotees, meditative and fervent.
  • But the river dries up after a drought and his devotees start looking to him to intercede with the gods.
  • devotees trust the site for up to the minute headlines, photos, and commentary from a cadre of well-known sources.
  • More natural-food devotees are getting their milk directly from the farm.
  • devotees of scotch and water should be advised they may never attain the perfect blend.
  • All of the posters have become sought-after collector's items among ferry devotees.
British Dictionary definitions for devotees


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 devotees



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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