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minaudière

or min·au·diere

[ mee-noh-dyair; French mee-noh-dyer ]
/ ˌmi noʊˈdyɛər; French mi noʊˈdyɛr /
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noun, plural min·au·dieres [mee-noh-dyairz; French mee-noh-dyer]. /ˌmi noʊˈdyɛərz; French mi noʊˈdyɛr/.

a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman's cosmetics or other personal objects, often carried as a handbag.

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Origin of minaudière

First recorded in 1935–40 (earlier in sense “coquette”); from French minaudière originally, “coquette, person with affected manners,” noun use of feminine of minaudier “affected,” equivalent to minaud(er) “to have an affected manner” (verbal derivative, with -aud adjective suffix, of mine “facial expression,” probably from Breton min “muzzle”) + -ier; see ribald, -ier2
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