Mil"li*ner (?), n. [From Milaner an inhabitant of Milan, in Italy; hence, a man from Milan who imported women's finery.]

1.

Formerly, a man who imported and dealt in small articles of a miscellaneous kind, especially such as please the fancy of women.

[Obs.]

No milliner can so fit his customers with gloves. Shak.

2.

A person, usually a woman, who makes, trims, or deals in hats, bonnets, headdresses, etc., for women.

Man milliner, a man who makes or deals in millinery; hence, contemptuously, a man who is busied with trifling occupations or embellishments.

 

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