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midinette

[mid-n-et; French mee-dee-net]
noun, plural mid·i·nettes [mid-n-ets; French mee-dee-net] /ˌmɪd nˈɛts; French mi diˈnɛt/.
  1. 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 grisette grisette
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Examples from the Web for midinette

Historical Examples

  • The solo is Massenet, simon-pure Massenet, the idol of the Paris midinette.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Then we chatted discreetly with a Paris midinette at the gate of the farm.

  • As a whole the midinette class is badly fed and therefore delicate and too often a prey to consumption.

    France

    Gordon Cochrane Home

  • Desnoyers knew all about his relations (so far honorable) with a midinette from the rue Taitbout.


British Dictionary definitions for midinette

midinette

noun plural -nettes (-ˈnɛts, French -nɛt)
  1. a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop
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Word Origin

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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