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.

Recent Examples on the Web

For the hour-long episode, Karl Lagerfeld, Virginie Viard, Amanda Harlech, and Chanel’s seamstresses allowed Rossi inside 31 Rue Cambon to witness the week leading up to the couture show. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018 Theia is a renowned Irish couture brand, of which Meghan must be a fan, as her custom version of the classic dress is a perfect fit for the Duchess. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Paired a Jaw-Dropping White Ball Gown with One of Princess Diana's Rings," 25 Oct. 2018 Throughout the week, many of the first lady’s outfits have featured muted fabrics and large, utilitarian pockets, a look that can best be described as a cross between safari chic and colonialist couture. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Melania Trump wore an Out of Africa-esque outfit during a trip to Kenya, complete with a pith helmet.," 5 Oct. 2018 The clothes are vibrant, elegant and playful, ranging from high-end couture to sassy streetwear. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Their harmony, both on stage and off, is the thread that runs through the entire museum exhibit, an expansive display of LBT stage wear, couture and artifacts. Nancy Kruh,, "Little Big Town Exhibit Showcases Career Highs, Lows — and a One-of-a-Kind Gift from Taylor Swift," 29 June 2018 Galliano is known to inject a futuristic edge into the old world glamour of couture. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 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

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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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