de-rigueur

de rigueur

[duh ri-gur; French duh ree-gœr]
noun
strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.

Origin:
1825–35; < French

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de rigueur (də riɡœr, English də rɪˈɡɜː)
 
adj
required by etiquette or fashion
 
[literally: of strictness]

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de rigueur
1849, from Fr. de rigueur, lit. "of strictness," thus "according to obligation of convention."
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de rigueur [(duh ree-gur)]

A French term meaning necessary according to convention: “Formal dress is de rigueur at weddings.”

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