mil·​li·​nery ˈmi-lə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce millinery (audio)
: women's apparel for the head
: the business or work of a milliner

Example Sentences

a shop that sells millinery
Recent Examples on the Web An array of diverse classes range from costume design for dance and millinery to scenography and designing for the camera. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2023 The Queen was really the patron saint of millinery. Stephen Jones, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 Friday is Opening Day at the track, featuring the famous Hat Contest (noon-3 p.m.), a showcase of gravity-defying millinery, and the return of race caller Trevor Denman. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 The tradition of wearing fanciful millinery with colorful dresses and suits dates back to the origins of the Kentucky Derby itself. Michael Solomon, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The sun is shining, and the Windsors are resplendent in their glinting medals and millinery. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 Her traditional Jane Taylor millinery was put on ice as the Duchess became an Alice headband influencer in her own right. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2022 The hotel uses the family millinery Bellino Fine Linens from Italy. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of millinery was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Millinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mil·​li·​nery ˈmil-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce millinery (audio)
: women's hats
: the business or work of a milliner

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