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de rigeur

This page is about the idiom de rigeur


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 executives 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

a. people who like ballroom dancing

b. college kids trying to be cool

c. old-fashioned politicians

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Contributor: Matt Errey