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- n. Common misspelling of escritoire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A escritoire; a writing desk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolete erroneous forms of scritoire for escritoire.
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This description would appear to identify the "scrutoire" with what we now call a writing-desk; and it was called interchangeably by these two names in wills.
Here Lockhard entered, and put the leathern scrutoire, or mail-box, into his hands.
Inexpressible were the anguish and confusion of the defendant, when she found herself thus entrapped, and reflected, that she was on the point of being detected of felony; for she at once concluded, that the snare was laid for her, and knew that the officer of justice would certainly find the unlucky watch in one of the drawers of her scrutoire.
Among these treasures are Locke's correspondence, a journal of his travels in France and Holland, his common-place book, and many miscellaneous papers; all of which have been preserved in the same scrutoire in which they had been deposited by their author, and which was probably removed to Oakham, (Lord King's seat,) in 1710.
"Will they hang together, do you think?" asked his lordship, fingering a crystal bottle for essence that lay on the 'scrutoire.
They were made with double bow fronts and box fronts, of oak, pine, mahogany, cherry; and some had cases of shelves for books on the top, forming what we now call a secretary -- our modern rendering of the word scrutoire.
Another furnishing of the parlor was the scrutoire.
Tell Nicholas Verbrack to look in my scrutoire; he will find the packet addressed to his
What the something might be, the sound soon explained; he was applying keys tentatively to a cupboard, a closet, and a scrutoire, in the hidden part of the room.
As this was in a private 'scrutoire, she did not choose to send a servant for it, but gave the key to her niece.