Definition of milliner in US 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.’
    • ‘She said something about purchasing a hat she saw in the milliner's window.’
    • ‘Her parents had been milliners in Clapham, just down the road, and had run a millinery and drapery shop.’
    • ‘Many of them were skilled artisans, such as silversmiths, masons, milliners, cobblers, singers and tailors.’
    • ‘Thousands of modest proprietorships and partnerships - grocers, blacksmiths, fabric merchants, printers, tailors, dressmakers, milliners - sold specialized goods.’
    • ‘Signac's two milliners, on the other hand, are at odds with each other.’
    • ‘She did not notice the girl in yellow walking gown hurry out of the milliner's shop.’
    • ‘The poet rushed to Palais Royal to be outfitted from head to foot, and he duly found the area lined with milliners.’
    • ‘Hatters, milliners, and haberdashers were highly regarded professionals, and every town would have numerous hatshops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As far as I can make out, she belongs entirely to her milliners.’
    • ‘I walked to the university, where before becoming a milliner I had taken a copy-editing class courtesy of my then-workplace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, the refugees eventually settled in Gothenburg with the enterprising Marianne establishing her own studio and her mother working as a milliner.’
    • ‘Clever seamstresses, milliners, and tradesmen quickly reproduced the latest in sleeves, bonnets, and furnishings for their wealthy clients.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It does bring out the colour of your eyes remarkably well, Miss Charity,’ Mr Watson, the milliner, complimented eagerly.’
    • ‘From ace architects to thoroughly modern milliners, women are at the cutting edge of creative Scotland.’


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