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[es-kri-twahr] /ˌɛs krɪˈtwɑr/
writing desk (def 1).
Origin of escritoire
1605-15; < French, Middle French < Latin scrīptōrium. See scribe1, -tory2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for escritoire
Historical Examples
  • 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 Pierre Souvestre
  • Croyden went to the escritoire and took the bonds from one of the drawers.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • Croyden got up and went to the escritoire: the drawers were in confusion.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • She always kept a good supply of bank-notes in her escritoire.

  • Then he noticed a letter, which lay on the escritoire, and was addressed to him.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • Place them yonder, in my escritoire, Leonard; I will read them later.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Here, fellow (taking money from an escritoire), are a thousand for thee.

  • From an escritoire she took a package wrapped in lavender paper.

British Dictionary definitions for escritoire


a writing desk with compartments and drawers, concealed by a hinged flap, on a chest of drawers or plain stand
Word Origin
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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