dev·​o·​tee | \ ˌde-ˌvō-ˈtē How to pronounce devotee (audio) , ˌdē- How to pronounce devotee (audio) , ˌdā-, də-, -ˈtā\

Definition of devotee

: an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast (as of a religion, art form, or sport)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for devotee


addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker



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Examples of devotee in a Sentence

The nightclub is popular among jazz devotees. a group of religious devotees

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In the 1970s, devotees of Werner Erhard confronted their pasts with EST. Laura M. Holson, Town & Country, "Marianne Williamson's Disciples Are Everywhere," 2 July 2019 Ryan is a devotee of meditation and mindfulness, and wrote a book about it, A Mindful Nation, in 2012. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019 He is also portrayed as an ardent devotee of the Hindu god Siva. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "Sri Lanka’s first ever satellite is named after the ultimate villain of Hindu mythology," 19 June 2019 My sister—a devotee of the full-size Hydroflask—scoffed after seeing me swig from this pint-size water bottle. Lori Keong, SELF, "This Water Bottle for Kids Is the Only One My Lazy Adult Self Knows How to Clean," 14 June 2019 The formula was quite literally designed for Kim Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, a longtime devotee of the brand who famously uses Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Mist on his celebrity client. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "You Can Get Tatcha's New Dewy Skin Cream For a Major Deal Right Now," 29 Mar. 2019 Swifties, as the singer's devotees are called, will have to wait until Monday, June 17 for the accompanying music video. Megan Marples And Megan Thomas, CNN, "Taylor Swift's message to her trolls: 'You Need to Calm Down'," 14 June 2019 The theater’s iconic sign has beckoned art-house devotees and midnight movie-goers along a busy stretch of East 6th Avenue in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for more than 90 years. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, "Esquire Theatre sets mid-June reopening date after six-month closure," 6 June 2019 An estimated 250 million devotees who attend the Kumbh believe that immersing themselves in the Ganges during the spiritual festival can cleanse them of their sins and negative influences. Priti Salian, National Geographic, "Transgender spiritual order finally finds acceptance at Hindu pilgrimage," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of devotee

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of devotee was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of devotee

: a person who enjoys or is interested in something very much
: a person who has very strong loyalty to a particular religion or religious figure

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