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de rigueur

[duh ri-gur; French duh ree-gœr]
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adjective
  1. strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
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Origin of de rigueur

Borrowed into English from French around 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for de rigueur

de rigueur

adjective
  1. required by etiquette or fashion
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Word Origin

literally: of strictness
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Word Origin and History for de rigueur

1849, French, literally "of strictness," thus "according to obligation of convention." See rigor.

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de rigueur in Culture

de rigueur

[(duh ree-gur)]

A French term meaning necessary according to convention: “Formal dress is de rigueur at weddings.”

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