One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Required by custom; proper.‘it shall be de règle for guests to come in afternoon dresses’
correct, accurate, without error, unerring, exact, preciseView synonyms
- ‘It is de règle here for each person to have a separate little plate for each kind of vegetable, so that each large plate is encircled by a necklace of little ones.’
- ‘"No, madam, but for the gentlemen of the High Toby, it is de règle."’
- ‘You know that it is de règle never to speak with more assurance or certainty than when one knows something imperfectly.’
French, literally ‘of rule’.
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