de rigueur

adjective de ri·gueur \də-(ˌ)rē-ˈgər\

: necessary if you want to be fashionable, popular, socially acceptable, etc.

Full Definition of DE RIGUEUR

:  prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom :  proper

Examples of DE RIGUEUR

  1. Dark sunglasses are de rigueur these days.
  2. <though he was wearing a dinner jacket and a black bow tie, his jeans and tennis shoes were hardly de rigueur>

Origin of DE RIGUEUR

First Known Use: 1833


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