escritoire

[es-kri-twahr]
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Origin of escritoire

1605–15; < French, Middle French < Latin scrīptōrium. See scribe1, -tory2
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Related Words for escritoire

davenport, secretary

Examples from the Web for escritoire

Historical Examples of escritoire

  • I took him to my room, and shewed him my escritoire, my casket, and my will.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Ernest and myself were seated side by side by the escritoire.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • The magistrate pointed to the escritoire with its open drawers.

    Fantmas

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Croyden got up and went to the escritoire: the drawers were in confusion.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott

  • Croyden went to the escritoire and took the bonds from one of the drawers.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott


British Dictionary definitions for escritoire

escritoire

noun
  1. a writing desk with compartments and drawers, concealed by a hinged flap, on a chest of drawers or plain stand

Word Origin for escritoire

C18: from French, from Medieval Latin scriptōrium writing room in a monastery, from Latin scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for escritoire
n.

1706, from French écritoire (12c.), from Late Latin scriptorium (see scriptorium).

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