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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Definitions for de rigueur

  1. strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.

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Citations for de rigueur
She would tell Miss Scranton then that shoes and stockings were de rigueur in the hotel, and she would do it before Mrs Houghton came down for a drink. Emma Tennant, Hotel de Dream, 1976
A prologue ... can scarcely be resisted, if only because it provides the opportunity for the dinner-party scene that is de rigueur in political fiction. Thomas Mallon, "2016: The Novel," The New Yorker, October 31, 2016
Origin of de rigueur
De rigueur, like malaise, a slightly earlier borrowing from French, has never been naturalized in pronunciation, and both words more or less retain the French pronunciation. The term entered English in the 1800s.