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  1. noting or pertaining to the style of French furnishings and decoration of the mid-1790s, characterized by an increasing use of Greco-Roman forms along with an introduction, toward the end, of Egyptian motifs: usually includes the Consulate period.
  2. (of costume) in the style of the period of the French Directory.
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  1. French History. directory(def 5).
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Origin of Directoire

From French; see origin at directory
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Examples from the Web for directoire

Historical Examples

  • It is as yet only tentatively that they adopt the mode of the Directoire.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Everybody said that the world had not seen such undressing in public since the Grecian revival at the time of the Directoire.

  • Two years later the "Directoire" pronounced in favour of maintaining the 10-grm.

  • The Directoire reaction towards simplicity was influenced by English fashion.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

  • The Directoire dress points to another period of republican simplicity, anarchy, and the rule of a popular despot.

British Dictionary definitions for directoire


  1. history the French DirectorySee Directory
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  1. of, in, or relating to a decorative style of the end of the 18th century in France; a form of neoclassicism
  2. characteristic of women's dress during the French Directory, typically an almost transparent dress with the waistline under the bust
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