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

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

Examples from the Web for milliner

Contemporary Examples of milliner

Historical Examples of milliner

  • It did help the milliner, too, for I bought three and they were printed in the papers.

  • In the fulness of time a milliner came in, and to her she repaired on her own behalf.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • My mother had sent for the milliner, who arrived with various hats.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • 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

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for milliner



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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