The Closing Word: de rigueur

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:

de rigueur

Pronounced: (duh-ree-GUHR)


required by etiquette or usage or fashion

Synonyms:  obligatory

From ”The literal meaning of this French loan word is “in strictness,” and it has to do with strictly following etiquette and manners.”

“A closing gift for your clients is not necessarily de rigueur, but the gesture is much appreciated. The right gift can make a lasting impression.”

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