secretaire

[ sek-ri-tair ]
/ ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər /

noun French Furniture.

any writing desk resembling a secretary.

Origin of secretaire

1810–20; < French secrétaire secretary
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secretaire

/ (ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛə) /

noun

an enclosed writing desk, usually having an upper cabinet section

Word Origin for secretaire

C19: from French secrétaire; see secretary
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Word Origin and History for secretaire

secretaire


n.

cabinet for private papers, 1771, from French secrétaire (13c.), from Medieval Latin secretarius (see secretary). Englished form secretary is attested in this sense from 1803.

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