escritoire

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An escritoire

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From French, from escrire, obsolete form of écrire + -oire, indicating a tool or object. Doublet of scriptorium.

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escritoire (plural escritoires)

  1. A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 561:
      Rosemary sat at her Public Works Department escritoire, in a sea of fed cats, and tried to write a letter to Vythilingam.

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