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Meaning of haute couture

haute cou•ture

Pronunciation: (ōt" k-toor' Fr. ōt k-tyr'), [key]
  1. high fashion; the most fashionable and influential dressmaking and designing.
  2. the fashions so created.
  3. the leading dressmaking establishments in the world of fashion, considered collectively.
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