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[mil-uh-ner] /ˈmɪl ə nər/
a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women.
Origin of milliner
1520-30; variant of obsolete Milaner native of Milan, dealer in goods from Milan; see -er1 Unabridged
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  • That afternoon it fell out that my aunt took me with her to a milliner's on some business.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • In the fulness of time a milliner came in, and to her she repaired on her own behalf.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It was a milliner's bonnet-block, on which a face had been painted.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • My mother had sent for the milliner, who arrived with various hats.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It happened the very next morning that Mrs. la Mode, the milliner, called upon Mrs. Ludgate.

British Dictionary definitions for milliner


a person who makes or sells women's hats
Word Origin
C16: originally Milaner, a native of Milan, at that time famous for its fancy goods
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Word Origin and History for milliner

mid-15c., "vendor of fancy wares, especially those made in Milan," Italian city, famous for straw works, fancy goods, ribbons, bonnets, and cutlery. Meaning "one who sells women's hats" may be from 1520s, certainly by 18c. (it is difficult in early references to know whether the word means a type of merchant or "a resident of Milan" who is selling certain wares).

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