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One that produces, designs, or deals in dressmaking or millinery.

[French, from mode, fashion; see mode.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a fashionable dressmaker or milliner
[C19: from French, from mode fashion]



a woman formerly making or selling women's fashionable attire.
[1830–40; < French; see mode2, -ist]

modiste, modist

a maker and seller of fashionable gowns and millinery for women.
See also: Occupations


A person who designs, makes, or sells fashonable clothes for women.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modiste - someone who makes and sells hatsmodiste - someone who makes and sells hats  
maker, shaper - a person who makes things
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
2.modiste - someone who makes or mends dressesmodiste - someone who makes or mends dresses  
garment worker, garmentmaker, garment-worker - a person who makes garments


[məʊˈdiːst] Nmodista f


nModistin f
References in classic literature ?
Conquer new worlds, and remember--white is your color, and Paquin your one modiste.
Ah, but you see some of these sensible inventions come from the brain of a fashionable modiste, who will make you more lovely, or what you value more 'stylish' outside and comfortable within.
But when the brief solace afforded them by the modiste and dressmaker was past, there seemed little else to be gained.
As Garland noted, before long the modiste from the provinces was being called the ministre de la mode and earning more than a secretary of state.
He related that he was shown two proofs of Chez la modiste and was displeased with the results.
pretend their clothes came from a fashionable modiste but I always said, 'Oh, this a little something Mammy ran up for me.
Gheorghe Asachi a su traiter aussi, dans ses poemes, le type de la femme moderne, coquette, << la femme modiste >>--dans le poeme Femeia la moda (La femme a la mode).
Everything I put into a sketch of a costume can be duplicated in materials by the modiste.
Carleton, Behind the Scenes is attributed to "Elizabeth Keckley, formerly a slave, but more recently a modiste, and friend to Mrs.
Keckley's rise to notoriety" is already embedded in the authorial information on the front page of her book: "Formerly a Slave, but More Recently Modiste, and Friend to Mrs.
II se mit a compter sur ses doigts avec un plaisir d'enfant: cuisiniere, modiste, repasseuse, couturiere, tailleur, menagere, jardiniere, [.
They prefer to parade the skill of their modiste by some dainty but high-cut bodice or pretty blouse.