[ mil-uh-ner ]
/ ˈmɪl ə nər /


a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women.

Nearby words

  1. millimetre,
  2. millimetric,
  3. millimicron,
  4. millimole,
  5. milline,
  6. millinery,
  7. milling,
  8. milling machine,
  9. millington,
  10. million

Origin of milliner

1520–30; variant of obsolete Milaner native of Milan, dealer in goods from Milan; see -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for milliner


/ (ˈmɪlɪnə) /


a person who makes or sells women's hats

Word Origin for milliner

C16: originally Milaner, a native of Milan, at that time famous for its fancy goods

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Word Origin and History for milliner



mid-15c., "vendor of fancy wares, especially those made in Milan," Italian city, famous for straw works, fancy goods, ribbons, bonnets, and cutlery. Meaning "one who sells women's hats" may be from 1520s, certainly by 18c. (it is difficult in early references to know whether the word means a type of merchant or "a resident of Milan" who is selling certain wares).

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