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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for modist

Historical Examples of modist

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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