n. pl. min·au·dières (-dyârz′, -dyâr′)
A small ornamental case for cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.
[French, from feminine of minaudier, affected, smirking, from minauder, to simper, smirk, from mine, appearance, countenance, from Old French, probably from Breton min, muzzle.]
minaudiere(ˌmiːnəʊˈdjɛə; French minɔdjɛr)
(Clothing & Fashion) fashion a small, handleless bag usually carried by a woman as an accessory for formal wear
or min•au•diere(ˌmi noʊˈdyɛər)
a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman's cosmetics or other personal objects.
[1935–40; < French: orig., coquette, n. use of feminine of minaudier affected]