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secretaire Syllabification: sec·re·taire
Pronunciation: /ˌsekrəˈter/

Definition of secretaire in English:


A small writing desk; an escritoire.
Example sentences
  • One of the finest pieces of French royal furniture in the Wallace Collection is the secretaire made for Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1780.
  • The secretaire was still in the cabinet interieur at the beginning of the French Revolution, in 1789.
  • The initial dismantling of the secretaire was extremely difficult and revealed much about its technical construction and Riesener's workshop practices.


Late 18th century: from French secrétaire, literally 'secretary'.

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