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[droit; French drwa] /drɔɪt; French drwa/
noun, plural droits
[droits; French drwa] /drɔɪts; French drwa/ (Show IPA)
a legal right or claim.
droits, Finance, Rare. customs duties.
Origin of droit
1470-80; < French < Late Latin dīrēctum legal right, law (noun use of neuter of Latin dīrēctus direct) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bien droit he has it—tenez, mon capitaine—here, over the left eye!

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • From that day the droit de Seigneur ceased to exist in Ivrea.

  • We stopped opposite the old castle of Rochemuse to pay the droit.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • A certain Marquis de Vibraye threw into prison a peasant who refused to pay the droit de cens.

  • More than this, they enjoy a sort of "droit du seigneur," and no man's wife or daughter is safe from them.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Under the old monarchy the yantar or droit de gte, or right to free quarters, was an insufferable burden.

  • You need no words to vindicate you; you are a man, and can bear out all arrogance with the royal motto Dieu et mon droit.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is the class-struggle which is evolving new ideas of right (droit) in opposition to the existing law.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The piece of silver went to the king, the cows to the queen, and from that period cuissage was known as the droit de marquette.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • droit de cuissage cest le droit de mettre une cuisse dans le lit dune autre, ou de coucher avec le femme dune vassal ou dune serf.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for droit


/drɔɪt; French drwa/
noun (pl) droits (drɔɪts; French) (drwa)
a legal or moral right or claim; due
Word Origin
C15: from French: legal right, from Medieval Latin dīrēctum law, from Latin: a straight line; see direct
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