Definition of milliner in English:



  • A person who makes or sells women's hats.

    ‘Alison got a local milliner to make her a stunning hat’
    • ‘It gave ladies the chance to make good use of the hatboxes in which their creations had been delivered, by propping them decorously over the top of their triumphs of the milliner's art.’
    • ‘Signac's two milliners, on the other hand, are at odds with each other.’
    • ‘Many of them were skilled artisans, such as silversmiths, masons, milliners, cobblers, singers and tailors.’
    • ‘The poet rushed to Palais Royal to be outfitted from head to foot, and he duly found the area lined with milliners.’
    • ‘As far as I can make out, she belongs entirely to her milliners.’
    • ‘Her parents had been milliners in Clapham, just down the road, and had run a millinery and drapery shop.’
    • ‘Clever seamstresses, milliners, and tradesmen quickly reproduced the latest in sleeves, bonnets, and furnishings for their wealthy clients.’
    • ‘It is still crucial at a British wedding and at Ascot, where a milliner's creativity gets to run wild in a way that's impossible anywhere else in the world.’
    • ‘‘It does bring out the colour of your eyes remarkably well, Miss Charity,’ Mr Watson, the milliner, complimented eagerly.’
    • ‘Windsor was cast as Millie, the leader of a group of garment workers in a milliner's shop, catering to the fashion demands of British women in 1902.’
    • ‘She said something about purchasing a hat she saw in the milliner's window.’
    • ‘Thousands of modest proprietorships and partnerships - grocers, blacksmiths, fabric merchants, printers, tailors, dressmakers, milliners - sold specialized goods.’
    • ‘She did not notice the girl in yellow walking gown hurry out of the milliner's shop.’
    • ‘Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of Federation King Street.’
    • ‘With the exception of the wigs and the wardrobes - recreated by a team of 52 talented milliners, stylists and tailors - this is quite a dull and diluted effort.’
    • ‘From ace architects to thoroughly modern milliners, women are at the cutting edge of creative Scotland.’
    • ‘I walked to the university, where before becoming a milliner I had taken a copy-editing class courtesy of my then-workplace.’
    • ‘Many of these grads find work at the corporate headquarters of Target and Marshall Fields, or as costumers and milliners for the Guthrie, or as freelance costume designers for other local theaters.’
    • ‘Hatters, milliners, and haberdashers were highly regarded professionals, and every town would have numerous hatshops.’
    • ‘Instead, the refugees eventually settled in Gothenburg with the enterprising Marianne establishing her own studio and her mother working as a milliner.’


Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘native of Milan’, later ‘a vendor of fancy goods from Milan’): from Milan + -er.