Definition of rond de cuir in English:

rond de cuir

noun

  • 1In France: a bureaucrat; a person who works at a desk, an office worker; (also) bureaucrats or office workers collectively.

  • 2A round leather cushion, traditionally used on office chairs in France.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Imperial & Asiatic Quarterly Review. From French rond de cuir round leather cushion, (depreciatively) bureaucrat from rond round object + de + cuir leather.

Pronunciation

rond de cuir

/rɒ̃ də ˈkwɪə/