\ˈdrȯit, ˈdrwä \

Definition of droit 

: a legal right

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France’s policy of droit du sol (birthright citizenship) means they are entitled to French nationality. The Economist, "France’s leakiest border is in the Indian Ocean," 5 Apr. 2018 This new cinema will be cut and pasted together in a world beyond copyright, where droit d’auteur will soon seem as medieval as droit du seigneur. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Dead Media Beat: Jean-Luc Godard says film is dead.," 13 July 2011

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First Known Use of droit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for droit

Middle English, from Anglo-French dreit, droit, from Medieval Latin directum, from Late Latin, neuter of directus just, from Latin, direct — more at dress

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