One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seamstress or assistant in a Parisian fashion house.
- ‘Last week, according to custom, the procession of ‘Catherinettes’ (composed largely of midinettes in crazy headgear) stampeded to the saint's statue on the garish Boulevard St. Denis.’
- ‘Elsewhere I have already described the doings of the midinettes on the Place Vendôme, but these doings were so delightful that I beg leave to repeat myself.’
- ‘She spent a few sweet and heavenly hours among students and midinettes at Bullier's, a Paris nightspot.’
- ‘A photo from the 1950s shows Lucien Lelong meeting and greeting his midinettes.’
- ‘The symbolic language of Saint Catherine's day, as celebrated by the Parisian midinettes (young dressmakers and milliners), had its origins in the festive calendar of rural France.’
- ‘This sketch of her fellow workers, the midinettes, described how the only things they shared with the ladies who bought their dresses were fashion and TB.’
- ‘In the meantime, la belle France was invariably represented by a contingent of midinettes who under normal circumstances would never have afforded an attic overlooking the Seine in Paris let alone play society hostess in beautiful mansions overlooking the Nile.’
- ‘The little midinettes, who get their name from their habit of promenading the streets at the midday hour, are the youngest of the workers in the dressmaking establishments.’
- ‘She made several short films before attracting attention with her small role as the little midinette who accompanied Maurice Costello on his way to the guillotine in the 1911 Tale of Two Cities.’
French, from midi ‘midday’ + dînette ‘light dinner’ (because only a short break was taken at lunchtime).
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