modiste

[ moh-deest; French maw-deest ]
/ moʊˈdist; French mɔˈdist /

noun, plural mo·distes [moh-deests; French maw-deest] /moʊˈdists; French mɔˈdist/.

Older Use. a female maker of or dealer in women's fashionable attire.

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Origin of modiste

From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at mode2, -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for modiste

modiste
/ (məʊˈdiːst) /

noun

a fashionable dressmaker or milliner

Word Origin for modiste

C19: from French, from mode fashion
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