de rigueur

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

adjective

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

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Origin of de rigueur

Borrowed into English from French around 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for de rigueur

de rigueur
/ French (də riɡœr, English də rɪˈɡɜː) /

adjective

required by etiquette or fashion

Word Origin for de rigueur

literally: of strictness
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Cultural 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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