American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a man who dealt in articles for women's wear; according to Johnson, “one who sells ribands and dresses for women”; now, in common usage, a woman who makes and sells bonnets and other head-gear for women; also, in England, one who furnishes both bonnets and dresses, or complete outfits.
- n. Formerly, one who made or sold armor of Milan; hence, a dealer in armor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Formerly, a man who imported and dealt in small articles of a miscellaneous kind, especially such as please the fancy of women.
- n. A person who designs, makes, trims, or deals in hats, bonnets, headdresses, etc., for women.
- n. someone who makes and sells hats
- Probably alteration of Middle English Milener, native of Milan, from Milan , the source of goods such as bonnets and lace. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term milliner covered a wide variety of skills, including making cloaks, muffs, hoops, gloves, riding habits and petticoats" Miriam Moss, Women and Business (London: Wayland”
“Well, this milliner is inspired – by the writing, the ideas, and the hat.”
“She might have been a prosperous milliner from the Commercial Road, and she had a meek man along who wore the husband's air of depressed responsibility.”
“A point of the first importance to the girl who means to be a milliner is the fact that millinery is a seasonal trade.”
“I owe the butcher, grocer, furniture dealer, photographer -- and the milliner is the worst of all.”
“riddle-diddle-dow," Furlong wondered what a milliner could have to do in such an establishment, and his wonder was not lessened when his guide added, "The milliner is a queer chap, and maybe he'll tell us something funny.”
“The milliner’s intentions on the subject of this dress — the milliner was a Frenchwoman, and greatly resembled Mrs Skewton — were so chaste and elegant, that Mrs Skewton bespoke one like it for herself.”
“The hoarse grating sound of the saw, the whistling of the plane, and the stroke of the mallet denoted the presence of the carpenter; and the sharper clink of a hammer told of old Fogy, the family "milliner," being at work; but it was not on millinery Fogy was now employed, though neither was it legitimate tinker's work.”
“This is Fogy, the milliner, sir, "said he to Furlong, whose surprise was further increased, when, in the person of the man called the milliner, he beheld a tinker.”
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