devon

noun, often capitalized
dev·​on | \ ˈde-vən How to pronounce devon (audio) \

Definition of devon

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of an English breed of vigorous red cattle used for meat and milk

Definition of Devon (Entry 2 of 3)

Devon

geographical name
Dev·​on | \ ˈde-vən How to pronounce Devon (audio) \
variants: or Devonshire \ ˈde-​vən-​ˌshir How to pronounce Devonshire (audio) , -​shər \

Definition of Devon (Entry 3 of 3)

county of southwestern England bordering the English Channel; capital Exeter area 2686 square miles (6957 square kilometers), population 746,399

see also devonian sense 1

First Known Use of devon

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for devon

Noun

Devon, England

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“Devon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devon. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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