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cou·​ture kü-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce couture (audio) -ˈtᵫr How to pronounce couture (audio)
: the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made clothing
the world of Paris couture
: 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
: 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


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: 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
Related article Thom Browne’s latest couture showing is a sporty spectacle Science meets nature For some designers, couture is also a laboratory of experimentation — including Iris Van Herpen, who combined savoir-faire in areas including technology, science and art. Alice Pfieffer, CNN, 1 July 2024 With the Olympics taking place in Paris this month, the men’s shows were immediately followed by couture, effectively turning Paris into a two-week fashion marathon. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 1 July 2024
Focus showed a sneak peek of its brand-new trailer for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, a whimsical, heartwarming comedy starring Lesley Manville as a British housekeeper whose dream of owning a couture Christian dress and travels to Paris. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 See all Example Sentences for couture 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couture was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Couture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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