[ at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey ]
/ ˈæt lˌyeɪ, ˌæt lˈyeɪ; French atəˈlyeɪ /
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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.



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Origin of atelier

First recorded in 1830–40; from French: literally, “pile of chips” (hence, “workshop”), from Old French astele “chip (from Late Latin astella “splinter,” diminutive of Latin astula, assula “splinter,” equivalent to ass(is) “plank, board” + -ula ) + -ier noun suffix; see -ule,-ier2
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British Dictionary definitions for atelier

/ (ˈætəlˌjeɪ, French atəlje) /


an artist's studio or workshop
C17: from Old French astelier workshop, from astele chip of wood, from Latin astula splinter, from assis board
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