Definition of midinette in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɪdɪˈnɛt/
Pronunciation: /midinɛt/


A seamstress or assistant in a Parisian fashion house.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • She spent a few sweet and heavenly hours among students and midinettes at Bullier's, a Paris nightspot.


French, from midi 'midday' + dînette 'light dinner' (because only a short break was taken at lunchtime).

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