a writing desk or table; secretary
Origin of escritoireOld French escriptoire from Late Latin scriptorium, metallic style for writing on wax tablets from past participle of Classical Latin scribere, to write: see scribe
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.
Origin of escritoireObsolete French from Old French escriptoire study from Medieval Latin scrīptōrium ; see scriptorium.
- A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.
From French, from escrire, obsolete form of écrire + -oire, indicating a tool or object.