de rigueur

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adjective de ri·gueur \də-(ˌ)rē-ˈgər\

Definition of de rigueur

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

Examples of de rigueur in a sentence

  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>

Did You Know?

If you're invited to a ball or other social function and the invitation includes the French phrase costume de rigueur, you are expected to adhere to a very strict dress code-typically, a white tie and tails if you're a man and a floor-length evening gown if you're a woman. In French, de rigueur means "out of strictness" or "according to strict etiquette"; one definition of our word rigor, to which rigueur is related, is "the quality of being strict, unyielding, or inflexible." In English, we tend to use de rigueur to describe a fashion or custom that is so commonplace within a context that it seems a prescribed, mandatory part of it.

Origin and Etymology of de rigueur

French


First Known Use: 1833


DE RIGUEUR Defined for English Language Learners

de rigueur

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adjective de ri·gueur \də-(ˌ)rē-ˈgər\

Definition of de rigueur for English Language Learners

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


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