from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Obsolete erroneous forms of scritoire for escritoire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A escritoire; a writing desk.

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  • noun Common misspelling of 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.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • Here Lockhard entered, and put the leathern scrutoire, or mail-box, into his hands.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • 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.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom 2004

  • 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.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 379, July 4, 1829 Various

  • "Will they hang together, do you think?" asked his lordship, fingering a crystal bottle for essence that lay on the 'scrutoire.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • 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.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • Another furnishing of the parlor was the scrutoire.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • Tell Nicholas Verbrack to look in my scrutoire; he will find the packet addressed to his

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's, 1872

  • 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.

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey 1822

  • As this was in a private 'scrutoire, she did not choose to send a servant for it, but gave the key to her niece.

    Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers — Volume 1 Thomas De Quincey 1822


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