from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun Formerly, one who made or sold armor of Milan; hence, a dealer in armor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Formerly, a man who imported and dealt in small articles of a miscellaneous kind, especially such as please the fancy of women.
- noun A person who designs, makes, trims, or deals in hats, bonnets, headdresses, etc., for women.
- noun a man who makes or deals in millinery, that occupation having been at one time predominantly performed by women; hence, contemptuously, a man who is busied with trifling occupations or embellishments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A person who is involved in the
manufacture, design, or saleof hats for women.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone who makes and sells hats
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
The word "milliner" - a women's hat maker-first appeared in 1529 and is a reference to Milan, Italy, which was renowned for the straw from which hats were made.
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.