from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who deals in articles of fashion, particularly in women's apparel; a milliner or dressmaker.
'I rather stand in awe of a good milliner or modiste,' she nodded gravely.
But Delia More did not answer, and at this I was puzzled, for I think that Calliope has lived in Friendship since the beginning, when she and Liddy Ember were partners in their little 'modiste' shop.
On emerging from the theatre, he refused to look at the garter of a modiste who was stepping across a gutter, and Courfeyrac, who said: 'I should like to put that woman in my collection,' almost horrified him.
This word comes from the French ‘mode,’ fashion.