de rigueur

[ duh ri-gur; French duh ree-gœr ]
/ də rɪˈgɜr; French də riˈgœr /


strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.

Nearby words

  1. de quervain's disease,
  2. de quincey,
  3. de quincey, thomas,
  4. de re,
  5. de ridder,
  6. de sica,
  7. de sica, vittorio,
  8. de sitter, willem,
  9. de soto,
  10. de soto, hernando

Origin of de rigueur

Borrowed into English from French around 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for de rigueur

de rigueur

/ French (də riɡœr, English də rɪˈɡɜː) /


required by etiquette or fashion

Word Origin for de rigueur

literally: of strictness

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Word Origin and History for de rigueur

de rigueur

1849, French, literally "of strictness," thus "according to obligation of convention." See rigor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for de rigueur

de rigueur

[ (duh ree-gur) ]

A French term meaning necessary according to convention: “Formal dress is de rigueur at weddings.”

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