couture

noun cou·ture \ kü-ˈtu̇r , -ˈtᵫr \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

  1. The book discusses the relationship between culture and couture.

  2. I can't afford to wear couture.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


COUTURE Defined for English Language Learners

couture

noun

Definition of couture for English Language Learners

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



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