mil·​li·​ner | \ ˈmi-lə-nər How to pronounce milliner (audio) \

Definition of milliner

: a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women's hats

Examples of milliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having started as a milliner, Chanel transformed fashion in the 1920s by introducing simple dresses and jackets in jersey (a then unheard-of fabric for luxury fashion) that a woman could live, love, dine, and dance in. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2021 Among them, milliner Stephen Jones, whose downy ostrich front hats were sensational on models and proved as impactful on the pop diva. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 2 Aug. 2021 While tastemakers were preoccupied by straw hats and fedoras, the luxury milliner was busy developing visors that would serve both function and aesthetics. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 5 July 2021 The Scotts lost their home, personal belongings and everything associated with the milliner and seamstress business Daisy ran out of their home, said Lea Michelle Cash, their 68-year-old granddaughter. Lee Hawkins, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Her father was a teacher and her mother a milliner. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The series, which is based on Steven Gaines’s 1991 biography of the designer, charts Halston’s dizzying rise—from a sad farm boy growing up gay in the Midwest to a Bergdorf Goodman milliner to an internationally beloved couturier—and eventual fall. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Episode 1 begins in the late ’60s as Roy Halston Frowick leverages his success as a milliner working out of Bergdorf Goodman to launch his own fashion label. Carl Kelsch, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 May 2021 Leaves Lily Daché to become the in-house milliner at Bergdorf Goodman. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of milliner

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milliner

irregular from Milan, Italy; from the importation of women's finery from Italy in the 16th century

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The first known use of milliner was in 1530

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21 Oct 2021

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“Milliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of milliner

: a person who designs, makes, or sells women's hats


mil·​li·​ner | \ ˈmi-lə-nər How to pronounce milliner (audio) \

Kids Definition of milliner

: a person who makes, decorates, or sells women's hats

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