al·​ter·​a·​tion·​ist ˌȯl-tə-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce alterationist (audio)
plural alterationists
: someone who makes changes in fitting new or old garments : a person whose job is to make clothing alterations (see alteration sense 2b)
The afternoon may be spent having fittings with one of the store's 15 alterationists.Bernadette Morra, Toronto Star, 16 Aug. 1990
Like any good image consultant, I keep a roster of tailors and alterationists just in case a client decides it's time to fix all those pieces that are just taking up space.Gillian Armour, Albuquerque Journal, 1 Nov. 2009

Word History


alteration + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alterationist was in 1916

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“Alterationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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