Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who makes, fits, or sells corsets, brassieres, girdles, and similar undergarments.

Etymologies

French corsetière, feminine of corsetier, corset-maker, from corset, corset, from Old French; see corset.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In 1899, an ad for Madame Dowding, a ladies 'corsetiere in London, also advertised versions for men, including a model called "The Marlboro."

    Men Go for It

  • Thanks for the corsetiere tip - will go take a look!

    Maintenance

  • I have instead gone to Anna Maria D'Amato, a genius corsetiere and dress deigner in Enfield who is rustling me up the dress of my dreams to my own design in ivory silk with a corset that is not only comfortable but cinches my waist in to Jayne Mansfield proportions.

    Maintenance

  • My mother saw my anxiety and marched me to a certified corsetiere, a statuesque, stern-faced woman with a measuring tape looped around her neck.

    “I Don’t Have a Thing to Wear”

  • The stationery shops are equally well equipped; the candy stores most tempting and excellent in every way, and the music store, hardware, drug, corsetiere, gents furnishing, shoe, fancy goods and department stores, the hair dressing parlors and florist shops are all up-to-date and as fine as you could find in any city twice Reno's size.

    Reno — a Book of Short Stories and Information

  • Her features were entirely obscured by an unusually thick veil of black lace, and the voluminous nature of her outer garments only permitted a suspicion as to her figure, which was, at that time, at once the despair and the triumph of her corsetiere.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four

  • She found fault with her friend's dress, and her hairdresser, and wondered how she could be so chaussee, and vowed that she must send her corsetiere the next morning.

    Vanity Fair

  • With years of experience as a corsetiere and a reputation for speaking her mind, Mrs. Harp prided herself on her ability to fit women into the right size brassiere.

    Freep.com - RSS

  • Season 1: Head secretary Joan explains to new girl Peggy the secrets of life, manual typewriting and underwire, but refuses to divulge the name of her corsetiere.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • Harry Voller started the business with his wife Nelly, who was already a corsetiere, in 1899.

    Evening Mail news round-up

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