FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

de +‎ avant

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /də.vɑ̃/
  • (file)

PrepositionEdit

devant

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

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

devant m (plural devants)

  1. front

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

devant

  1. present participle of devoir

Further readingEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • devãt (some manuscripts)

PrepositionEdit

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 FrenchEdit

PrepositionEdit

devant

  1. in front of