cou·ture | \kü-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtᵫr \

Definition of couture 

1 : the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made women's clothing the world of Paris couture

2 : the designers and establishments engaged in couture dresses made by the couture

3 : the clothes created by couture The actress was wearing couture.

Examples of couture in a Sentence

The book discusses the relationship between culture and couture. I can't afford to wear couture.

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Taylor-Joy was on a brief break to take in the couture shows after shooting five films last year (including M. Night Shyamalan's Glass and X-Men spinoff The New Mutants) before heading into three shoots this fall. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "It Was Black, White and Bold All Over at Red-Carpet Ready Armani Prive Couture Show," 4 July 2018 Near Alamo Quarry Market, Quarry Village delivers charming couture from retailers such as Bevello and Kendra Scott, along with higher-end edibles from the likes of Trader Joe’s, Max’s Wine Dive and Piranha Killer Sushi. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio malls provide wide variety of shopping experiences," 11 June 2018 Well, the women did not storm the castle so much as elegantly teeter to the top of Suquet Hill in stilettos and waist-cinching couture. Julie Miller, HWD, "Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett Celebrate Patty Jenkins as Storm Rages at Cannes," 14 May 2018 Shanina Shaik was a blushing bride in custom couture! Karen Mizoguchi,, "All About Shanina Shaik's Custom Wedding Dress for Her 'Beautiful' Bahamas Ceremony to DJ Ruckus," 2 May 2018 But this fall-winter season, couture was the true star of the show. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 To channel the grace of The Winged Victory of Samothrace—the second century B.C. Hellenistic sculptural tribute to the goddess Nike—couture was necessary. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 Designers go back to denim, incorporating it into their collections season after season (and not just in ready-to-wear: Sonia Rykiel recently showed jeans as part of its first-ever couture show). Amy Hou, Glamour, "5 Unexpected Denim Trends to Try ASAP," 13 July 2018 At the Fendi couture show, hairstylist Sam McKnight whipped up retro updos. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Freaking Out Over Kaia Gerber's Massive Hair Moment at Valentino," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of couture

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for couture

French, from Old French cousture sewing, from Vulgar Latin *consutura, from Latin consutus, past participle of consuere to sew together, from com- + suere to sew — more at sew

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The first known use of couture was in 1908

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English Language Learners Definition of couture

: the business of designing, making, or selling women's clothes; also : women's clothes in general

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