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[koo-too r; French koo-tyr] /kuˈtʊər; French kuˈtür/
the occupation of a couturier; dressmaking and designing.
fashion designers or couturiers collectively.
the clothes and related articles designed by such designers.
the business establishments of such designers, especially where clothes are made to order.
created or produced by a fashion designer:
couture clothes.
being, having, or suggesting the style, quality, etc., of a fashion designer; very fashionable:
the couture look.
Origin of couture
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for couture
  • 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.
  • Everybody concerned worries about what to do about the mammoth, expensive haute couture shows.
  • Users don't seem to want a technology brand for couture.
  • Cotton muslin may cost only pennies a yard, but it's the stuff of which couture dreams are made.
  • The couture dress is unique and may never even be made to order.
  • It specialized in selling one-of-a-kind and haute couture designer merchandise.
  • So go out on a limb and don one of these ultra-chic pairs to add a little crazy, red-carpet couture to your lashes.
British Dictionary definitions for couture


/kuːˈtʊə; French kutyr/
  1. high-fashion designing and dressmaking
  2. (as modifier): couture clothes
Word Origin
from French: sewing, dressmaking, from Old French cousture seam, from Latin consuere to stitch together, from suere to sew
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Word Origin and History for couture

1908, from French couture, literally "dressmaking, sewing," from Old French costure (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *consutura, from past participle of Latin consuere "to sew together," from con- "together" (see com-) + suere "to sew" (see sew). Used as a collective term for "women's fashion designers."

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