[moh-deest; French maw-deest]
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noun, plural mo·distes [moh-deests; French maw-deest] /moʊˈdists; French mɔˈdist/.
  1. Older Use. a female maker of or dealer in women's fashionable attire.

Origin of modiste

From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at mode2, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for modiste

tailor, designer, sewer, fitter, modiste

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British Dictionary definitions for modiste


  1. a fashionable dressmaker or milliner

Word Origin for modiste

C19: from French, from mode fashion
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