couture

[koo-toor; French koo-tyr]
noun
1.
the occupation of a couturier; dressmaking and designing.
2.
fashion designers or couturiers collectively.
3.
the clothes and related articles designed by such designers.
4.
the business establishments of such designers, especially where clothes are made to order.
adjective
5.
created or produced by a fashion designer: couture clothes.
6.
being, having, or suggesting the style, quality, etc., of a fashion designer; very fashionable: the couture look.

Origin:
1905–10; < French: literally, sewing, seam < Vulgar Latin *cō(n)sūtūra, equivalent to Latin consūt(us) past participle of consuere to sew together (con- con- + suere to sew1) + -ūra -ure; cf. suture, accouter

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couture (kuːˈtʊə, French kutyr)
 
n
a.  high-fashion designing and dressmaking
 b.  (as modifier): couture clothes
 
[from French: sewing, dressmaking, from Old French cousture seam, from Latin consuere to stitch together, from suere to sew]

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couture
1908, from Fr., lit. "dressmaking, sewing," used as a collective term for "women's fashion designers."
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Example sentences
The ageing haute couture guru expressed disillusionment with today's more
  commercial fashion industry.
Aside from the distinctive music, mariachi are almost immediately identifiable
  by their couture.
One of the pleasures and privileges of covering the haute couture collections
  is visiting the ateliers of the houses.
Embroidery thread, fabric for art, and couture gowns are still hand-colored
  with cochineal.
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