milliners

milliner

[mil-uh-ner]
noun
a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women.

Origin:
1520–30; variant of obsolete Milaner native of Milan, dealer in goods from Milan; see -er1

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milliner (ˈmɪlɪnə)
 
n
a person who makes or sells women's hats
 
[C16: originally Milaner, a native of Milan, at that time famous for its fancy goods]

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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 of "one who sells women's hats" may be from 1520s, certainly in use 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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