- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌmɪnəʊˈdjɛː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌminoʊˈdjɝ/
- Hyphenation: min‧au‧dière
minaudière (plural minaudières)
- (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 […]
- 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.
minaudière f (plural minaudières)
- minaudière (bag)