mo·​diste | \ mō-ˈdēst How to pronounce modiste (audio) \

Definition of modiste

: one who makes and sells fashionable dresses and hats for women

Examples of modiste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owning his birthright as the second son, Benedict (Luke Thompson) experiments with a bohemian lifestyle as an artist, gets intrigued by gay men, but opts for a tryst with the modiste instead. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Bridgertons, Ranked," 12 Jan. 2021 Annis is a glamour modiste, or dressmaker who can enchant a garment’s color, style, and fabric. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Murder, Magic, and What We Wore' is the Diet Sprite of Regency romps," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of modiste

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for modiste

French, from mode style, mode

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“Modiste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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