minaudière

minaudière

[mee-noh-dyair; French mee-noh-dyer]
noun, plural minaudieres [mee-noh-dyairz; French mee-noh-dyer] .
a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman's cosmetics or other personal objects, often carried as a handbag.
Also, minaudiere.


Origin:
1935–40 (earlier in sense “coquette”); < French minaudière orig., coquette, person with affected manners, noun use of feminine of minaudier affected, equivalent to minaud(er) to have an affected manner (verbal derivative, with -aud adj. suffix (see ribald), of mine facial expression, probably < Breton min muzzle) + -ier -ier2

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