[at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey]
noun, plural ateliers [at-l-yeyz, at-l-yeyz; French atuh-lyey] .
a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan, or designer.

1830–40; < French: literally, pile of chips (hence, workshop); Old French astele chip (< Late Latin astella, diminutive of Latin astula, variant of assula splinter, equivalent to ass(is) plank + -ula -ule) + -ier -ier2 Unabridged
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atelier (ˈætəlˌjeɪ, French atəlje)
an artist's studio or workshop
[C17: from Old French astelier workshop, from astele chip of wood, from Latin astula splinter, from assis board]

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Word Origin & History

1840, from Fr., from O.Fr. astelier "(carpenter's) workshop, woodpile," from astele "piece of wood, a shaving, splinter," probably from L.L. hastella "a thin stick," dim. of hasta "spear, shaft."
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Example sentences
For instance, a group of artists might want to connect their respective studios into a group atelier.
His atelier was sacrosanct, with the ocean for a view.
In the atelier, his models moved about and took positions without manipulation.
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