[ koo-too r; French koo-tyr ]
/ kuˈtʊər; French kuˈtür /


the occupation of a couturier; dressmaking and designing.
fashion designers or couturiers collectively.
the clothes and related articles designed by such designers.
the business establishments of such designers, especially where clothes are made to order.


created or produced by a fashion designer: couture clothes.
being, having, or suggesting the style, quality, etc., of a fashion designer; very fashionable: the couture look.

Origin of couture

1905–10; < French: literally, sewing, seam < Vulgar Latin *cō(n)sūtūra, equivalent to Latin consūt(us) past participle of consuere to sew together (con- con- + suere to sew1) + -ūra -ure; cf. suture, accouter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couture


/ (kuːˈtʊə, French kutyr) /


  1. high-fashion designing and dressmaking
  2. (as modifier)couture clothes

Word Origin for couture

from French: sewing, dressmaking, from Old French cousture seam, from Latin consuere to stitch together, from suere to sew
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Word Origin and History for couture



1908, from French couture, literally "dressmaking, sewing," from Old French costure (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *consutura, from past participle of Latin consuere "to sew together," from con- "together" (see com-) + suere "to sew" (see sew). Used as a collective term for "women's fashion designers."

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