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Feb 1, 2011
This week's theme
Words derived from the names of places

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gasconade
milliner
helot
spartan
verdigris

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with Anu Garg

milliner

PRONUNCIATION:
(MIL-uh-nuhr)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who designs, makes, or sells women's hats.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Milan, Italy, from where women's wares were imported. First recorded use: 1530.

NOTES:
The word used to appear as the derogatory term "man milliner" implying someone who busies himself with trifling occupations. Poet Robert Southey said in 1796: "I look upon a man milliner not only as one of the most despicable members of society, but as one of the most injurious." The term for someone who deals in men's furnishings is haberdasher.

USAGE:
"James Faulkner is not your average milliner. At 27 years old, he is making a name for himself in the world of fashion with unique headgear made from roadkill."
Jen Bowden; Interview: James Faulkner, Milliner; Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh); Apr 20, 2010.

See more usage examples of milliner in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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