[mid-n-et; French mee-dee-net]
noun, plural midinettes [mid-n-ets; French mee-dee-net] .
a young Parisian saleswoman or seamstress.

1905–10; < French, blend of midi noon and dînette light meal (see dinner, -ette); hence, one who has time for only a light meal at noon, with play on -ette as a feminine personal suffix, as in grisette grisette

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midinette (ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt, French midinɛt)
n , pl -nettes
a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop
[C20: from French, from midi noon + dinette light meal, since the girls had time for no more than a snack at midday]

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