devant

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

de + avant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

devant

  1. confronted with, faced with
  2. in front of, before
  3. outside

Noun[edit]

devant m ‎(plural devants)

  1. front

Verb[edit]

devant

  1. present participle of devoir

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • devãt (some manuscripts)

Preposition[edit]

devant

  1. in front of; before
  2. before (with respect to time)
    • 1488, Jean Dupré, Lancelot du Lac, page 23:
      devant que tu partes perdras le poing en lieu de mon escu
      before you leave you will lose your hand for my shield [which you lost]

Old French[edit]

Preposition[edit]

devant

  1. in front of