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atelier

[at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey] /ˈæt lˌyeɪ, ˌæt lˈyeɪ; French atəˈlyeɪ/
noun, plural ateliers
[at-l-yeyz, at-l-yeyz; French atuh-lyey] /ˈæt lˌyeɪz, ˌæt lˈyeɪz; French atəˈlyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan, or designer.
Origin
1830-1840
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
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for atelier

atelier

/ˈætəlˌjeɪ; French atəlje/
noun
1.
an artist's studio or workshop
Word Origin
C17: from Old French astelier workshop, from astele chip of wood, from Latin astula splinter, from assis board
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Word Origin and History for atelier
n.

1840, from French atelier "workshop," from Old French astelier "(carpenter's) workshop, woodpile" (14c.), from astele "piece of wood, a shaving, splinter," probably from Late Latin hastella "a thin stick," diminutive of hasta "spear, shaft" (see yard (n.2)).

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