Idioms

de rigeur

This page is about the idiom 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 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