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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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  • He carefully nicked the ash off his cigar, as he laid it down upon his desk, and opened the drawer of his escritoire.

  • Place them yonder, in my escritoire, Leonard; I will read them later.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then slowly she arose and moved to her escritoire, drawing a sheet of paper toward her and beginning to write.

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

  • Phyllis ran to a little French escritoire and snatched up a sheet of paper.

    Phyllis of Philistia Frank Frankfort Moore
  • I shall have the honour of filling all the drawers in her escritoire.

  • Michelle, the husband of my nurse, has arrived; and he tells me, that this escritoire contains the title-deeds of my family.

  • Ailie knew that, too: she had in the escritoire a list of things made up already.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • Miss Plympton surveyed Edith anxiously for a few moments, and then rising, went over to an escritoire.

    The Living Link James De Mille
  • Listen: you remember the vellum book which you stole for me, out of her escritoire.

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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