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My sister sent me a link for a Department Store Museum, having me recall how our maternal grandmother worked a while at a local department store: Harris Company. She said our grandmother worked in millinery, and that was why when we went shopping, she always stopped there first. Not wanting to show my ignorance, I quickly ran to my Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. So that none of you should be caught flat/ footed, here is what the word means. Enjoy!


: women’s hats

: the business of making or selling women’s hats

Full Definition:

1 : women’s apparel for the head

2 : the business or work of a milliner

Examples: a shop that sells millinery
First use: 1676

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