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

  • n. The business of designing, making, and selling highly fashionable, usually custom-made clothing for women.
  • n. Dressmakers and fashion designers considered as a group.
  • n. The high-fashion clothing created by designers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The production of high-end, custom-made clothing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. high fashion designing and dressmaking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. high fashion designing and dressmaking

Etymologies

French, sewing, from Old French cousture, from Vulgar Latin *cōnsūtūra, from Latin cōnsuere, cōnsūt-, to sew together : com-, com- + suere, to sew; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of haute couture, thus ultimately from French couture (Wiktionary)

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