mil·​li·​nery | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce millinery (audio) \

Definition of millinery

1 : women's apparel for the head
2 : the business or work of a milliner

Examples of millinery in a Sentence

a shop that sells millinery
Recent Examples on the Web Costume designer Gabriela Tylesova has a serious budget and an absolute field day with the sisters (sneering Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin), and with the succession of ravishingly preposterous costumes and millinery for the stepmother. David Benedict, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 The bit of millinery worn by a Brooklyn woman in 1988 makes that gentleman’s bowler hat seem as mundane as a baseball cap in comparison., 12 Aug. 2021 Her gray hair peeked from beneath the brim of her millinery. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2021 His father, Ivan, owned a dry cleaning business, and his mother, Edna (Gately) Hampton, worked at a millinery. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 That’s why the Kentucky Derby isn’t just a horse race—it’s a one-of-a-kind fashion show with millinery at the forefront. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 July 2020 Rachel Bell, co-owner of The Hat Girls, a Louisville millinery shop in St. Matthews, says savvy customers begin working with a milliner at least four to six weeks before Kentucky Derby weekend — which means time is already running out. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 27 Feb. 2020 The Power of Wearing Flowers Long before makeup or millinery or jewelry, our first adornments were plants and flowers, and our love for them was — and is — universal. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe hats are a take on mid-century Coret millinery that certainly catches the eye. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of millinery

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of millinery was in 1676

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“Millinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of millinery

: women's hats
: the business of making or selling women's hats

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