[at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey]

noun, plural at·el·iers [at-l-yeyz, at-l-yeyz; French atuh-lyey] /ˈæt lˌyeɪz, ˌæt lˈyeɪz; French atəˈlyeɪ/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of atelier

Historical Examples of atelier

  • 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.


    A. J. Finberg

  • M. de Nailles's orders had been that she was to sit in the atelier.

    Jacqueline, Complete

    (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon

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

    Jacqueline, Complete

    (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon

  • When may we come to your atelier to see the portrait finished, Maitland?

British Dictionary definitions for atelier



an artist's studio or workshop

Word Origin for atelier

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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