minaudière

/mee'noh dyair"/; Fr. /mee noh dyerdd"/, n., pl. minaudieres /-dyairz"/; Fr. /-dyerdd"/.
a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman's cosmetics or other personal objects, often carried as a handbag.
Also, minaudiere.
[1935-40 (earlier in sense "coquette"); < F minaudière orig., coquette, person with affected manners, n. use of fem. of minaudier affected, equiv. to minaud(er) to have an affected manner (v. deriv., with -aud adj. suffix (see RIBALD), of mine facial expression, prob. < Breton min muzzle) + -ier -IER2]

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