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de rigeur Formal

Meaning: If something is de rigeur, it is necessary to have if you want to be fashionable or be accepted into a particular social scene.

For example:

  • For a long time baseball caps, hooded jackets and sneakers were de rigeur among kids into rap music.

  • Blue jeans and T-shirts seem to have become de rigeur for male exectives in the computer industry in California.

Origin: This idiom is borrowed from French and a literal translation would be "of strictness".

Quick Quiz:

Tattoos and pierced ears are de rigeur among
  1. people who like ballroom dancing
  2. college kids trying to be cool
  3. old-fashioned politicians

Discuss: de rigeur

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