One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who makes or fits corsets.
- ‘Here, within the space bounded by a few city blocks, are quartered the world's most renowned masters of the art of costume, the most exclusive perfumers, the most modish corsetières and the most expert lingères.’
- ‘Originally, there were 47 leaseholders, six of whom were ‘industrious females’ but, in accordance with the rules of the day, even the male milliners and corsetières were addressed as ‘Madame’.’
- ‘During the late 1880s she made repeated visits to corsetières, corset wholesalers and dress stores; she talked to any tight-lacer she encountered.’
Mid 19th century: French, feminine of corsetier, from corset (see corset).
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