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[dee-rek-twar] /di rɛkˈtwar/
noting or pertaining to the style of French furnishings and decoration of the mid-1790s, characterized by an increasing use of Greco-Roman forms along with an introduction, toward the end, of Egyptian motifs: usually includes the Consulate period.
(of costume) in the style of the period of the French Directory.
French History. directory (def 5).
Origin of Directoire
From French; See origin at directory Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is as yet only tentatively that they adopt the mode of the Directoire.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Everybody said that the world had not seen such undressing in public since the Grecian revival at the time of the Directoire.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Two years later the "Directoire" pronounced in favour of maintaining the 10-grm.

  • The Directoire reaction towards simplicity was influenced by English fashion.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • The Directoire dress points to another period of republican simplicity, anarchy, and the rule of a popular despot.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Whenever such ethereal girlish figures wear the costume of the Directoire period, Marcus Stone is their father.

  • Distrusted by both parties and feared by the Directoire, she found it advisable after a few months to retire to Coppet.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • Julie was as quaint and out of time as a Directoire print, even in a city where time stands still as it does in old New Orleans.

    Pledged to the Dead Seabury Quinn
  • Under the Directoire a club held its meetings there; and later, it was converted into a warehouse for corn and flour.

    The Churches of Paris S. Sophia Beale
  • Linda well remembered that the last time Ross had taken too much her mother's Directoire wrap had been completely torn in half.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for Directoire


(history) the French Directory See Directory
of, in, or relating to a decorative style of the end of the 18th century in France; a form of neoclassicism
characteristic of women's dress during the French Directory, typically an almost transparent dress with the waistline under the bust
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