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midinette

[mid-n-et; French mee-dee-net] /ˌmɪd nˈɛt; French mi diˈnɛt/
noun, plural midinettes
[mid-n-ets; French mee-dee-net] /ˌmɪd nˈɛts; French mi diˈnɛt/ (Show IPA)
1.
a young Parisian saleswoman or seamstress.
Origin
1905-1910
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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British Dictionary definitions for midinettes

midinette

/ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt; French midinɛt/
noun (pl) -nettes (-ˈnɛts; French) (-nɛt)
1.
a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop
Word Origin
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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