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[at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey] /ˈæt lˌyeɪ, ˌæt lˈyeɪ; French atəˈlyeɪ/
noun, plural ateliers
[at-l-yeyz, at-l-yeyz; French atuh-lyey] /ˈæt lˌyeɪz, ˌæt lˈyeɪz; French atəˈlyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan, or designer.
Origin of atelier
1830-40; < French: literally, pile of chips (hence, workshop); Old French astele chip (< Late Latin astella, diminutive of Latin astula, variant of assula splinter, equivalent to ass(is) plank + -ula -ule) + -ier -ier2 Unabridged
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  • They are brand-new, fresh from my atelier, and have never been exhibited in public.

  • Then he went to the atelier of Roques, where he made rapid progress.

    Ingres A. J. Finberg
  • The look of the atelier—the first she had ever been in in her life—disappointed her.

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • M. de Nailles's orders had been that she was to sit in the atelier.

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • When may we come to your atelier to see the portrait finished, Maitland?

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
British Dictionary definitions for atelier


/ˈætəlˌjeɪ; French atəlje/
an artist's studio or workshop
Word Origin
C17: from Old French astelier workshop, from astele chip of wood, from Latin astula splinter, from assis board
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Word Origin and History for atelier

1840, from French atelier "workshop," from Old French astelier "(carpenter's) workshop, woodpile" (14c.), from astele "piece of wood, a shaving, splinter," probably from Late Latin hastella "a thin stick," diminutive of hasta "spear, shaft" (see yard (n.2)).

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