[duh ri-gur; French duh ree-gœr]
strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
Origin of de rigueur
Borrowed into English from French around 1825–35
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Related Words for de rigueurobligatory, conventional, correct, mandatory, necessary, proper, required, right
required by etiquette or fashion
Word Origin for de rigueur
literally: of strictness
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1849, French, literally "of strictness," thus "according to obligation of convention." See rigor.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A French term meaning necessary according to convention: “Formal dress is de rigueur at weddings.”
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