cou·​tu·​ri·​er | \ kü-ˈtu̇r-ē-ər How to pronounce couturier (audio) , -ē-ˌā \

Definition of couturier

: an establishment engaged in couture also : the proprietor of or designer for such an establishment

Examples of couturier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pierre Cardin, the French couturier who pioneered the designer licensing business by putting his name not just on ready-to-wear clothes but on sunglasses, luggage, carpets and kitchen appliances, has died. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The $2,000 question," 30 Dec. 2020 According to his website, Cardin was the first couturier to look to the east for potential fashion markets. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 Azzedine Alaïa, the legendary Tunisian couturier, also dressed Campbell to great effect. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At 50, Naomi Campbell Remains at the Pinnacle of Supermodel Style," 19 Oct. 2020 The couturier has been turning protective face coverings — both the COVID-19 variety and the gas masks so prominent a hundred years ago — into art. Matthew J. Palm,, "In Central Florida: Art from masks, art from Puerto Rican identity," 14 Sep. 2020 In 2013, Kelefa Sanneh published a New Yorker profile of Dapper Dan, a Harlem couturier whose work influenced a generation of hip-hop legends. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: Fashionable Minds," 23 Aug. 2020 The women at the center of the biggest royal weddings in past years—Kate, Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie—all hand-picked a couturier to craft their custom gowns, which were developed over a series of time-consuming fittings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Wore Valentino Heels She's Had for Years to Her Royal Wedding," 23 July 2020 Among the items on display is a romantic evening gown by couturier Coco Chanel. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "From Ballerina Flats to Tutus, Ballet Has Left Its Mark on Fashion," 27 Feb. 2020 The couturier Emanuel Ungaro died on Saturday at the age of 86. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Emanuel Ungaro, Remembered by His Protégé and Successors," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of couturier

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couturier

French, dressmaker, from Old French cousturier tailor's assistant, from cousture

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The first known use of couturier was in 1899

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10 Jan 2021

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“Couturier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of couturier

: a person or business that designs and makes clothes for women

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