American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A writing table; a desk.
- n. A desk with a top section for books.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of furniture with conveniences for writing, as an opening top or falling front panel, places for inkstand, pens, and stationery, etc.; also, a tray to hold inkstand, pens, and other implements for writing.
- n. A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of furniture used as a writing table, commonly with drawers, pigeonholes, and the like; a secretary or writing desk.
- n. a desk used for writing
- From French, from escrire, obsolete form of écrire + -oire, indicating a tool or object. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French, from Old French escriptoire, study, from Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see scriptorium. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Will you have the courage to burn family relics?--Aunt Maria's uncomfortable ottoman, Aunt Elizabeth's escritoire, which is too small to write at, and Aunt Anne's firescreen with strawberries worked in bead-work?”
“I was awakened one night from a sound sleep by a noise in my chamber, and starting up in affright, I beheld by the light of a lamp which was burning near the bed, a boy in the act of forcing open my escritoire, with a small instrument which caused the noise.”
“After a moment's consultation with her daughter, Mrs. Franklin left the room to get the money from her escritoire.”
“Nothing had been disturbed -- the old cabinet with the lions 'heads stood opposite the window; the little escritoire, behind which he had crouched on the fatal night, was pushed back against the wall; the chairs, the tables, thick with dust, stood just as they had been standing for many years.”
“Then he sat himself in his large arm-chair before his escritoire, and began transacting his affairs with the usual -- "But where is that idiot, that dolt, that sluggard, that snail, withn my mail?”
“The floor, the chairs--not common ones but of the early Queen Anne fashion with leathern seats -- an old escritoire, were strewn with papers.”
“She rose, and went hunting in a littered sort of escritoire in a corner of the room.”
“She put down her cigarette, rose, and went to an escritoire against the wall.”
“Dela garde watched her seat herself at the little escritoire in the corner, and draw a sheaf of crested paper towards her.”
“She had her heart set on that Louis Seize escritoire -- but she'll have to make do without it.”
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