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Directoire

[dee-rek-twar] /di rɛkˈtwar/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
(of costume) in the style of the period of the French Directory.
noun
3.
French History. directory (def 5).
Origin of Directoire
< French; see directory
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  • No. 48 was the well-known dancing-hall, Pavillon de lchiquier, before and under the Directoire.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • It is as yet only tentatively that they adopt the mode of the Directoire.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • We see in an adjacent wall a marble mtre—the standard measure put there under the Directoire.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • 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
  • One feels an almost Quaker-like quality about the Directoire, whether of natural wood or plain painted surface.

  • 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
  • Two years later the "Directoire" pronounced in favour of maintaining the 10-grm.

  • Whenever such ethereal girlish figures wear the costume of the Directoire period, Marcus Stone is their father.

  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for Directoire

Directoire

/dirɛktwar/
noun
1.
(history) the French Directory See Directory
adjective
2.
of, in, or relating to a decorative style of the end of the 18th century in France; a form of neoclassicism
3.
characteristic of women's dress during the French Directory, typically an almost transparent dress with the waistline under the bust
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