midinette


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midinette

(ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt; French midinɛt)
n, pl -nettes (-ˈnɛts; French -nɛt)
a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop
[C20: from French, from midi noon + dinette light meal, since the girls had time for no more than a snack at midday]
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Noun1.midinette - a Parisian salesgirlmidinette - a Parisian salesgirl      
salesgirl, saleslady, saleswoman - a woman salesperson
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Brand names: Vuokkoset, Mimi, Midinette, private label
In the French tradition, over the years, feminity was embodied in archetypes of concrete shapes and figures in the works of writers (as it is The Night by Baudelaire, The Soul by Claudel) and in mythicizing historical personages (like Jeanne d'Arc), of the types that can be assessed from the point of view of the moralist, from a sociological point of view or from psychological point of view (like the courtesan, midinette, prostitute, the mundane, the semi-mundane) [13:603611].
Elle est si pregnante qu'elle demeure le seul foyer a travers lequel le hidalgo et la midinette voient le monde, y vivent, s'y demenent, y luttent-Les lectures que font le chevalier a la Triste Figure et la femme reveuse s'averent trop dangereuses, parce qu'elles sont tres alienantes.
20) Dans la capitale pendant la periode de decadence le type de Parisienne s'est reduit a la bourgeoise et a la midinette qui ne sont pas difficiles a imiter (Dash, 148-149).
The first dish to arrive was a refreshingly dainty midinette salad with roasted chicken chunks, celery and green apple juliennes, brightened with a scattering of pomegranate seeds.
To Montherlant, the athlete operated in defiance of a decadent society mired in and weakened by a midinette mawkish and emasculating morality.
A well-fed cat presides on an armchair as a midinette kneels in quarter-profile (one of Boucher's favourite poses) whilst she unpacks her wares for a lady of fashion who, with a meditative pout, scrutinises a strip of fabric.