minaudière

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A drawing of a minaudière (sense 2) by David Ring, from the collection of the ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen (Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp) in Antwerp, Belgium

Borrowed from French minaudière (coquettish woman; type of bag), from minauder (to simper)[1] + -ière (feminine form of -ier).

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minaudière (plural minaudières)

  1. (obsolete) A woman who is exaggeratedly affected or coquettish. [18th–19th c.]
    • 1788 July 1, The New Lady's Magazine, page 347:
      The Saxon ladies resemble the Austrian no more, than the Chinese do those of London; they are verey genteelly dressed after the English and French modes, and have, generally, pretty faces, but they are the most determined Minaudieres in the whole world.
    • 1850, Past, Present, and Future, page 10:
      Not the English of the salons of Paris or London, or the English of Lady B----'s drawing-room, or of Lady C----'s coterie, or the language talked at D---- Castle, or the minaudière phrases used in certain societies; but the language of truth []
  2. A type of formal, decorative women's clutch bag without handles or a strap. [from 20th c.]
    • 1936, The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women:
      Another gift — the Minaudiere — from Paris, costly because it is wrought from gold, or silver, is a flat case with all those requisites which ensure the feminine peace of mind on all elaborate or special occasions []
    • 1957, Harper's Bazaar, volume 90, page 145:
      The collection here includes a minaudiere with a sapphire clasp; a gold basket-bag, much like the ones French school children carry; a cigarette case emblazoned with a single sapphire; a lipstick case capped with another sapphire; a round compact with a sapphire imbedded in the center of the lid.

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minaudière

  1. feminine singular of minaudier

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minaudière f (plural minaudières)

  1. minaudière (bag)

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