Definition of millinery in US English:



  • 1Women's hats.

    • ‘She wears her invisible millinery lightly, though.’
    • ‘It is my wish that the Paris couturiers reduce the size of the ladies' hats this season, as in years past I have had many unpleasant encounters with enormous millinery.’
    • ‘To be fair, the stereotypes abound as much as fake flowers on expensive millinery.’
    • ‘Visitors to this year's Show will find a wide range of consumer goods, fashion wear, millinery, equestrian clothing, tack, antiques, wines and confectionery on a record 311 trade stands.’
    • ‘Without Milan, there would be no millinery; without Genoa, no blue jeans; without Naples, no ice-cream.’
    • ‘Getting men to take an interest in what they look like has traditionally been considered uphill work, and in the grand scheme of the fashion industry, the status of menswear has tended to rank somewhere beneath novelty millinery.’
    • ‘Even before they joined up, Frances was designing exclusive millinery to compliment the exquisite footwear.’
    • ‘This book covers basic sewing, setting up a workroom, pattern draping, millinery, boning, fabrics, shoes, armour, and many other subjects.’
    1. 1.1 The trade or business of a milliner.
      • ‘York-born Dawn has been making hats for 14 years, ever since she took millinery as a sideline while at art college in Surrey, where she studied fashion design.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, directories do suggest that a surprisingly high number of women ran businesses, particularly in millinery and dressmaking, in inn-keeping, provisioning, grocery trades and teaching.’
      • ‘Mrs. Hicks's persistence gained her an apprenticeship in a hairdressing establishment where she learned the arts of millinery, dressmaking, hairdressing, and wig making, among others.’