min·​au·​dière ˌmē-nōd-ˈyer How to pronounce minaudière (audio)
: a small decorative case for carrying small articles (such as cosmetics or jewelry)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Raffia's easygoing and summery effect meets the structure of a classic minaudiere. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 9 Jan. 2023 Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo is available at nordstrom.com, karl.com and modelco.com and ranges in price from $10 for collectible puffer stickers to $195 for a minaudiere with mini lip kit. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2018 As the product — including eye, lip and face makeup, along with brushes and a minaudiere — are only being made once, the collectibles are expected to sell out. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2018 The diamond buckles on her Manolos matched, and a sparking minaudiere completed the ensemble. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 27 Jan. 2018 The interior showcases its iconic rope and hook bracelet, as well as a library and mini-museum of historical items such as vintage clocks and minaudieres from the brand’s archives. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2017

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Word History


French, feminine of minaudier affected, coquettish, from minauder to mince

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minaudière was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Minaudière.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minaudi%C3%A8re. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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