mil·​li·​ner ˈmi-lə-nər How to pronounce milliner (audio)
: a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women's hats

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The design of Kate's headpiece — a collaboration between the milliner Jess Collett and the designer of her ivory silk crepe dress, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen — involved many patient hands, according to one seamstress who helped create it. Monique Jessen, Peoplemag, 9 May 2023 Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced that Christine Moore will continue for the fifth year as a featured milliner of the 148th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 25 Feb. 2022 Soon after, Alber took over the design reins of Lanvin, the storied French couture house that had been founded by Jeanne Lanvin who, like Gabrielle Chanel, first established herself as a milliner before opening her fashion house in 1909. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 Jones became part of the royal establishment himself in the following years, whether through his role as a go-to milliner for Diana, Princess of Wales, who was first introduced to Jones’s work by Jasper Conran in the early 1980s, or his appointment as an OBE in 2010. Stephen Jones, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 After conquering the hat world with timeless toppers sported by everyone from Meghan Markle to Adele, milliner Janessa Leoné (whose namesake line has expanded to include leather goods) now has her sights set on clothing with the launch of a sweater line. Lesley Mckenzie, Variety, 19 Jan. 2022 Halston’s meteoric rise — like the series’ first episode — began in 1961 with a stroke of luck: Jacqueline Kennedy accessorized her Inauguration Day Oleg Cassini suit with a pillbox hat custom-designed by Bergdorf Goodman milliner Roy Halston Frowick. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 This year will be Moore's fourth consecutive year to serve in the prestigious role as a featured milliner of the legendary horse race. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 18 Feb. 2021 The headpiece was designed by Jess Collett, who has been working as a couture milliner for the past 25 years after receiving a loan from the monarch's charity. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milliner was in 1530

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“Milliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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mil·​li·​ner ˈmil-ə-nər How to pronounce milliner (audio)
: a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women's hats

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