An escritoire is a small, portable writing desk with a sloping front door, hinged at the bottom edge, that can be opened downwards to provide a writing surface. It is usually larger than a lap desk. The interior may contain small drawers designed to hold the traditional ink pot, sand container, blotter and writing feathers or pens. This type of antique appeared in the 16th century in Europe and was produced in large quantities in France in the 18th century. Modern reproductions are sometimes made of this compact desk form.

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  • Escritoire — Es cri*toire , n. [OF. escritoire, F. [ e]critoire, LL. scriptorium, fr. L. scriptorius belonging to writing, fr. sribere to write. See {Script}, and cf. {Scrutoire}.] A piece of furniture used as a writing table, commonly with drawers,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • escritoire — 1706, from Fr. écritoire (12c.), from L.L. scriptorium (see SCRIPTORIUM (Cf. scriptorium)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • escritoire — ► NOUN ▪ a small writing desk with drawers and compartments. ORIGIN French, from Latin scriptorium room for writing …   English terms dictionary

  • escritoire — [es΄kri twär′] n. [OFr escriptoire < LL scriptorium, metallic style for writing on wax tablets < pp. of L scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] a writing desk or table; secretary …   English World dictionary

  • escritoire — UK [ˌeskrəˈtwɑː] / US [ˌeskrɪˈtwɑr] noun [countable] Word forms escritoire : singular escritoire plural escritoires a small desk with drawers …   English dictionary

  • escritoire — Une escritoire, Theca calamaria, Calamarium …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • escritoire — noun Etymology: obsolete French, writing desk, scriptorium, from Medieval Latin scriptorium Date: 1664 a writing table or desk; specifically secretary 4b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • escritoire — /es kri twahr /, n. See writing desk (def. 1). [1605 15; < F, MF < L scriptorium. See SCRIBE1, TORY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • escritoire — noun /ˌɛskriˈtwɑː,ˌɛskrɪˈtwɑːr/ A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface. Syn: bureau, secretary See Also: escritorial …   Wiktionary

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