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 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, "The Best Place to Visit in Every U.S. State," 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, "Your guide to Kentucky Derby 2020 trends: Where to find hats, sales and fashion inspiration," 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, "For Valentine’s Day, Nine Stories About Flowers," 11 Feb. 2020 Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe hats are a take on mid-century Coret millinery that certainly catches the eye. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 His nose is fine-bridged and olive-tinted, under gleaming European millinery. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘A Fistful of Shells’ Review: Buyers, Sellers and Rulers," 18 Feb. 2020 The local millinery studio in Lviv became my main university. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Girls Love Ruslan Baginskiy, and So Do We," 23 Dec. 2019 Regardless of your preferred millinery style, your head is prime real estate for a few timeless brooches and jewels. James Love, Essence, "Top It Off, Shop This Seasons Hottest Hats," 25 Nov. 2019 Helen Jewel Gray, a retired nurse practitioner and educator who was an enthusiastic collector and wearer of millinery, died Sept. 6 from cancer at her Catonsville home. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Helen Jewel Gray, a Baltimore nurse practitioner, educator and hat collector, dies," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of millinery

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Millinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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