Origin of escritoire
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Examples from the Web for escritoire
I took him to my room, and shewed him my escritoire, my casket, and my will.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Ernest and myself were seated side by side by the escritoire.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
The magistrate pointed to the escritoire with its open drawers.Fantmas
Croyden got up and went to the escritoire: the drawers were in confusion.
Croyden went to the escritoire and took the bonds from one of the drawers.
- a writing desk with compartments and drawers, concealed by a hinged flap, on a chest of drawers or plain stand
C18: from French, from Medieval Latin scriptōrium writing room in a monastery, from Latin scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for escritoire
1706, from French écritoire (12c.), from Late Latin scriptorium (see scriptorium).
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