couture

noun
cou·​ture | \ kü-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce couture (audio) , -ˈtᵫr How to pronounce couture (audio) \

Definition of couture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made clothing the world of Paris couture
2 : the designers and establishments engaged in couture For more than a century, the couture was the undisputed fashion source for women in the Western world.— Bernadine Morris
3 : the clothes created by couture For them, buying French couture has become a status symbol, something to rack up along with their brand-new BMWs and their hacienda-style villas …Vogue

couture

adjective

Definition of couture (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being high-end custom-made fashion Neither are these designers unduly concerned about styles that lend themselves to being folded and packed—the couture clientele travels with trunks, not duffel bags, and, presumably, there is always someone on the other end to take care of the wrinkles.— Bernadine Morris However, Owens credits his success to the ease of what he calls his "T-shirt versions of couture dresses."— David Colman

Examples of couture in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jiro went onto study couture in Paris while Gabby took sewing and pattern making classes at a Los Angeles trade school. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Poche Studio Is the Fashion Brand Making Bucket Hats Inspired by Cakes," 17 May 2019 My grandmother gave me my first couture suit at 17 by a designer who has long since disappeared. Danielle Steel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danielle Steele: A Fashion Love Story," 2 May 2019 Piccioli’s vision of unapologetic beauty, which either exists or is closely descended from true couture, is almost iconoclastic in a style climate ruled by irony. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 Overall: Like that ever-so-versatile wardrobe must-have, the Little Black Dress, the 2018 Audi SQ5 is both elegant and everyday, sporty and stylish — though its price is too couture for my closet. Jennifer Geiger, USA TODAY, "Review: Audi's SQ5 blazes new SUV trails," 23 Feb. 2018 Stephanie Cockrell paired up Miles David creative director David Peck to create a one-of-a-kind look that's more couture than kooky. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, ""Crystal Ball" co-chair Stephanie Cockrell models a custom Miles David frock," 31 Jan. 2018 Featuring unexpected bright colors, over-the-top tulle, statement-making gowns, and incredible beadwork, Pierpaolo Piccioli's spring couture collection for the Italian house was every fashion lover's dream come to life. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Sent Feathered Hats Down The Runway For Those Of Us Who Bask in Being Extra," 24 Jan. 2018 In 2019, reviving a couture house in its original form is a fool’s errand. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 The second, Paris-Biarritz, pays homage to the seaside town that was home of the first Chanel couture house, and which has since become an enclave for sports enthusiasts who wear designer snow suits. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s New Perfumes Are Inspired by Travel," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of couture

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couture

Noun

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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couture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of couture

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

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