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

Devon

abbreviation

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 Devon (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

Examples of devon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sur les frontières comme pour notre économie, nous devons agir vite et ensemble au niveau européen. Richard Weiss, Bloomberg.com, "Airlines Plead for State Relief After Virus Shreds Travel," 14 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devon. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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