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[droit; French drwa]
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noun, plural droits [droits; French drwa] /drɔɪts; French drwa/.
  1. a legal right or claim.
  2. droits, Finance, Rare. customs duties.
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Origin of droit

1470–80; < French < Late Latin dīrēctum legal right, law (noun use of neuter of Latin dīrēctus direct)
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Related Words

immunity, perquisite, claim, exemption, advantage, title, due, liberty, choice, birthright, appanage, authority, sanction, droit

Examples from the Web for droit

Historical Examples

  • Bien droit he has it—tenez, mon capitaine—here, over the left eye!

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • From that day the Droit de Seigneur ceased to exist in Ivrea.

  • We stopped opposite the old castle of Rochemuse to pay the droit.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

  • A certain Marquis de Vibraye threw into prison a peasant who refused to pay the droit de cens.

  • More than this, they enjoy a sort of "droit du seigneur," and no man's wife or daughter is safe from them.

British Dictionary definitions for droit


noun plural droits (drɔɪts, French drwa)
  1. a legal or moral right or claim; due
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Word Origin

C15: from French: legal right, from Medieval Latin dīrēctum law, from Latin: a straight line; see direct
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