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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: 'of strictness'

de rigueur

adjective
     
de ri‧gueur [not before noun]
considered to be necessary if you want to be accepted, fashionable etc - used humorously:
the gleaming white teeth that are de rigueur for movie stars

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