- a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women.
Origin of milliner
Examples from the Web for milliner
A 23-year-old son of a milliner from the city of Vyborg, he was drafted into the army when the Soviet Union invaded Finland.The Jews Who Fought for Hitler: ‘We Did Not Help the Germans. We Had a Common Enemy’
March 10, 2014
His father died in 1980 and he was very close to his mother, a milliner, too.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
The British milliner designed the exhibition in four small rooms, designed to give a “flavor of her Milan apartment.”Anna Piaggi's 'Hat-ology' Exhibition Opens in Milan
September 23, 2013
I was looking through photos of 19th-century Hudson, Ohio, and saw a sign for “Belle Mills, milliner.”
How about Belle Mills, the milliner who worked on the Underground Railroad?
It did help the milliner, too, for I bought three and they were printed in the papers.The Bacillus of Beauty
In the fulness of time a milliner came in, and to her she repaired on her own behalf.Little Dorrit
My mother had sent for the milliner, who arrived with various hats.My Double Life
I had seen him "just look" at the typing-girl and at the Brixton milliner.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
And her milliner, a most unreasonable woman, had sent word that she must be paid.The First Violin
- a person who makes or sells women's hats
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).