dev·​o·​tee ˌde-ˌvō-ˈtē How to pronounce devotee (audio) ˌdē- How to pronounce devotee (audio)
: an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast (as of a religion, art form, or sport)

Example Sentences

The nightclub is popular among jazz devotees. a group of religious devotees
Recent Examples on the Web The no-frills resort is decidedly unpretentious — and that's exactly what devotees love about it. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2023 Many fashion devotees consider ’90s Italian fashion a formative style influence. Halie Lesavage,, 18 May 2023 The word’s current use, however, veers campier and is mostly used as a term of endearment for famous women with avid devotees. Ben Kesslen, New York Times, 13 May 2023 And last January, a man was allegedly beaten to death after entering the temple, grabbing a bejeweled ceremonial sword and swinging it over his head – before being overpowered by devotees. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 11 May 2023 During the show, devotees hand gifts to the musicians and shout requests for deep cuts. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 9 May 2023 Hannah Wilson, Sami Casanova, and Juveria Zaheer on 'Jeopardy' | Credit: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Many Jeopardy devotees were not pleased. Jessica Wang,, 9 May 2023 Many fans of one sport love the other, and each leaves enough time in the day for even the most passionate devotee to immerse himself or herself in both. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Its latest devotees include US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, writer-comedian Dril and model Chrissy Teigen. Perri Grace, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of devotee was in 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Devotee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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dev·​o·​tee ˌdev-ə-ˈtē How to pronounce devotee (audio) -ˈtā How to pronounce devotee (audio)
: a keen or earnest follower, supporter, or enthusiast
a devotee of sports

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