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midinette

[ mid-n-et; French mee-dee-net ]
/ ˌmɪd nˈɛt; French mi diˈnɛt /
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noun, plural mid·i·nettes [mid-n-ets; French mee-dee-net]. /ˌmɪd nˈɛts; French mi diˈnɛt/.

a young Parisian saleswoman or seamstress.

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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 grisettegrisette
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British Dictionary definitions for midinette

midinette
/ (ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt, French midinɛt) /

noun plural -nettes (-ˈnɛts, French -nɛt)

a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop

Word Origin for midinette

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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