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.
No milliner can so fit his customers with gloves.Shak.
2. A person who designs, makes, trims, or deals in hats, bonnets, headdresses, etc., for women.
Man milliner, a man who makes or deals in millinery, that occupation having been at one time predominantly performed by women; hence, contemptuously, a man who is busied with trifling occupations or embellishments.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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