de rigueur

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Borrowing from French de rigueur (required), from de (of) + rigueur (rigour/rigor).


  • IPA(key): /də ɹɪˈɡɜː(ɹ)/
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de rigueur

  1. Necessary according to etiquette, protocol or fashion.
    Wearing a suit to a job interview is de rigueur.
    This season, the little black dress is de rigueur.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Spelling: there is a u immediately after the g as well as after the e.
  • As this is a borrowed foreign phrase, it is often italicised (as de rigueur).