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es·cri·toire

 (ĕs′krĭ-twär′)
n.
A small desk or bureau with a writing surface, especially one with built-in compartments for storing documents and often a hinged, slanted front that drops down to provide the writing surface.

[Obsolete French, from Old French escriptoire, study, from Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see scriptorium.]

escritoire

(ˌɛskrɪˈtwɑː) or

ecritoire

n
(Furniture) a writing desk with compartments and drawers, concealed by a hinged flap, on a chest of drawers or plain stand
[C18: from French, from Medieval Latin scriptōrium writing room in a monastery, from Latin scrībere to write]

writ′ing desk`


n.
1. a piece of furniture with a surface for writing on, usu. with drawers and compartments for writing materials.
2. a portable case that holds writing materials and that when opened forms a surface on which to write.
[1605–15]

escritoire

A portable writing desk, typically with a hinged top closing over small drawers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.escritoire - a desk used for writingescritoire - a desk used for writing    
desk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
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