droit

noun
\ˈdrȯit, ˈdrwä \

Definition of droit 

: a legal right

Examples of droit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'droit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about droit

Statistics for droit

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for droit

The first known use of droit was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on droit

See words that rhyme with droit

Comments on droit

What made you want to look up droit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!