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[moh-deest; French maw-deest] /moʊˈdist; French mɔˈdist/
noun, plural modistes
[moh-deests; French maw-deest] /moʊˈdists; French mɔˈdist/ (Show IPA)
Older Use. a female maker of or dealer in women's fashionable attire.
Origin of modiste
From French, dating back to 1830-40; See origin at mode2, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Madame, a good French modiste on her deathbed could make a better hat than any one in New York ever could.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield
  • They find the modiste, who inspects her new customers and is all suavity.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She was, at the moment, trudging from a modiste's to a milliner's, to gather something to say in her inevitable article.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • The modiste and the grisette are, doubtless, well read in the mysteries of.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • When they came out of the milliner's or modiste's, Fred was waiting.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • "It was a letter for the modiste," she replied with assumed indignation.

  • He thought she was the little errand-girl from Madam Bailey's modiste.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
  • To begin with, the art of their modiste had been fussy, imitative and timid.

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
  • Her gown of soft white silk was daring as a French modiste could make it, but its simplicity was almost nun-like.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He still thought she meant she was not the modiste, just her errand-girl.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for modiste


a fashionable dressmaker or milliner
Word Origin
C19: from French, from mode fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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