Di·​rec·​toire dē-(ˌ)rek-ˈtwä(r) How to pronounce Directoire (audio)
: of, relating to, or imitative of the style of clothing, furniture, or decoration prevalent in France during the period of the Directory

Word History


French, from Directoire, the group of five officials who governed France from 1795–99, from directeur director

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Directoire was in 1864

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“Directoire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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