escritoire
noun Etymology: obsolete French, writing desk, scriptorium, from Medieval Latin scriptorium Date: 1664 a writing table or desk; specifically secretary 4b

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  • escritoire — Escritoire. s. f. Ce qui contient ou renferme les choses necessaires pour escrire, encre, papier, plume, canif, &c. Escritoire qu on porte sur soy. escritoire à calemard & cornet avec des pendants. escritoire de corne, d yvoire, de cuivre.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Escritoire — Es cri*toire , n. [OF. escritoire, F. [ e]critoire, LL. scriptorium, fr. L. scriptorius belonging to writing, fr. sribere to write. See {Script}, and cf. {Scrutoire}.] A piece of furniture used as a writing table, commonly with drawers,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • escritoire — 1706, from Fr. écritoire (12c.), from L.L. scriptorium (see SCRIPTORIUM (Cf. scriptorium)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • escritoire — ► NOUN ▪ a small writing desk with drawers and compartments. ORIGIN French, from Latin scriptorium room for writing …   English terms dictionary

  • escritoire — [es΄kri twär′] n. [OFr escriptoire < LL scriptorium, metallic style for writing on wax tablets < pp. of L scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] a writing desk or table; secretary …   English World dictionary

  • escritoire — UK [ˌeskrəˈtwɑː] / US [ˌeskrɪˈtwɑr] noun [countable] Word forms escritoire : singular escritoire plural escritoires a small desk with drawers …   English dictionary

  • Escritoire — An escritoire is a small, portable writing desk with a sloping front door, hinged at the bottom edge, that can be opened downwards to provide a writing surface. It is usually larger than a lap desk. The interior may contain small drawers designed …   Wikipedia

  • escritoire — Une escritoire, Theca calamaria, Calamarium …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • escritoire — /es kri twahr /, n. See writing desk (def. 1). [1605 15; < F, MF < L scriptorium. See SCRIBE1, TORY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • escritoire — noun /ˌɛskriˈtwɑː,ˌɛskrɪˈtwɑːr/ A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface. Syn: bureau, secretary See Also: escritorial …   Wiktionary

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