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

Celine Dion is the undisputed queen of couture week. Marianna Cerini, CNN Style, "How Celine Dion became the queen of couture week," 4 July 2019 The beauty at couture week is next level — there's no doubt about it. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "Schiaparelli Makes the Case for Matching Your Makeup to Your Outfit," 3 July 2019 The collection also made heavy use of sequined embroideries and feather appliqués from the brand's couture ateliers. Sylvia & Julia Haghjoo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Chanel Haute Couture's Show in Photos," 3 July 2019 For example, some models wore NGO logo T-shirts with couture-like sleeves made of chiffon over utilitarian overall pants. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 Ramona the Love Terrier wants to know when someone is going to come up with a vintage consignment dog couture store. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Startups secretly love regulation — once they get big," 26 June 2019 The couture-approach to their clothes elevates a basic t-shirt into a work of art. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Here Are The 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists We’re Keeping Our Eyes On," 18 June 2019 The silhouette was inspired by Elizabethan couture, Porter told THR. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter's Fierce Tonys Look Made a Statement About Reproductive Rights," 10 June 2019 Over the years, these ensembles have featured thigh-high suede boots, floppy hats, a leather punk rock jacket and couture. Jose Carlos Fajardo, The Mercury News, "Beyonce controversy aside, Nicole Curran always shines as Warriors’ style icon," 8 June 2019

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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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The first known use of couture was in 1908

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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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