Definition of haute couture in English:

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haute couture

Pronunciation: /ˌōt ko͞oˈto͝or/


1The designing and making of high-quality fashionable clothes by leading fashion houses, especially to order.
Example sentences
  • Once the preserve of haute couture designers, London Fashion Week is embracing the clothing revolution by giving official recognition to the high street and supermarkets.
  • Born in Stockholm, Sweden, the artist trained for three years in design crafts and haute couture dressmaking and created one-off garments sold in boutiques in Stockholm.
  • Compared to Dior, Armani's haute couture is certainly a lot less dramatic, but there was certainly a more distinct difference between this collection and the normal RTW collections.
1.1Expensive, fashionable clothes.
Example sentences
  • Unlike haute couture, prêt-à-porter clothing isn't one of a kind.
  • Her dress, something between a medieval period costume and the latest haute couture, trailed behind her as the wind lifted it softly above the ground.
  • Despite the attempt by the forum to insist on casual dress, it is hard to part many businessmen from their suits, or their wives from their haute couture.


Early 20th century: French, literally 'high dressmaking'.

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Syllabification: haute cou·ture

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