Merriam Webster

cou·ture
Pronunciation:
\kü-ˈtr, -ˈtuer\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, from Old French cousture sewing, from Vulgar Latin *consutura, from Latin consutus, past participle of consuere to sew together, from com- + suere to sew — more at sew
Date:
1908
1 : the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made women's clothing 2 : the designers and establishments engaged in couture 3 : the clothes created by couture

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