es·​cri·​toire ˈe-skrə-ˌtwär How to pronounce escritoire (audio)
: a writing table or desk
specifically : secretary sense 4b

Word History


obsolete French, writing desk, scriptorium, from Medieval Latin scriptorium

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escritoire was in 1664

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“Escritoire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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