"follower of fashion," 1837, from mode (n.2) + -ist.

Nearby words

  1. modigliani, amedeo,
  2. modillion,
  3. modiolus,
  4. modish,
  5. modishly,
  6. modiste,
  7. modjeska,
  8. modjeska, helena,
  9. modoc,
  10. modock wool

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for modist

  • He commenced in a humble position, and hed filled the public eye long enuff to satisfy his modist ambishen.

    Swingin Round the Cirkle.|Petroleum V. Nasby
  • Would you beleave that the lady he was a-ritin to was a chased, modist lady of honor, and mother of a famly?

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Being dressed in woman's clothing she is taller than ever, and so holds her chin and her eyes that it makes any modist woman mad.

    His Grace of Osmonde|Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She is a pretty chit and will be the languishing kind, like the die-away Maddon who is so 'modist.'

    His Grace of Osmonde|Frances Hodgson Burnett