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[mid-n-et; French mee-dee-net] /ˌmɪd nˈɛt; French mi diˈnɛt/
noun, plural midinettes
[mid-n-ets; French mee-dee-net] /ˌmɪd nˈɛts; French mi diˈnɛt/ (Show IPA)
a young Parisian saleswoman or seamstress.
Origin of midinette
1905-10; < French, blend of midi noon and dînette light meal (see dinner, -ette); hence, one who has time for only a light meal at noon, with play on -ette as a feminine personal suffix, as in grisette grisette Unabridged
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  • The solo is Massenet, simon-pure Massenet, the idol of the Paris midinette.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • Then we chatted discreetly with a Paris midinette at the gate of the farm.

  • As a whole the midinette class is badly fed and therefore delicate and too often a prey to consumption.

    France Gordon Cochrane Home
  • Desnoyers knew all about his relations (so far honorable) with a midinette from the rue Taitbout.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez
British Dictionary definitions for midinette


/ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt; French midinɛt/
noun (pl) -nettes (-ˈnɛts; French) (-nɛt)
a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop
Word Origin
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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