dress·​mak·​er | \ˈdres-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of dressmaker 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that makes dresses



Definition of dressmaker (Entry 2 of 2)

of women's clothes

: having softness, rounded lines, and intricate detailing a dressmaker suit

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dressmaking \ -​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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Today, Prince Louis is wearing the same outfit as his siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, did at their christenings known as the Honiton lace christening gown made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis Is Wearing the Exact Same Christening Outfit George and Charlotte Wore," 9 July 2018 His mother, Maria (Onofria) Campanella, was a homemaker and dressmaker. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Joseph Campanella, 93, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies," 17 May 2018 Part of the story includes city boosters and volunteers giving away thousands of rose cuttings named after mysterious French dressmaker Madame Caroline Testout. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See why Portland's called the 'City of Roses' at Oregon Historical Society exhibit (photos, video)," 8 May 2018 An enthralling, rapturous psychodrama set in the world of 1950s London high fashion, the duo’s latest collaboration stars Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, a celebrated dressmaker who lives by a prim-and-proper daily (and artistic) routine. Nick Schager, Esquire, "The Best Movies of 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 The gown—which was first worn by Queen Victoria's daughter—was officially declared too delicate ahead of the christening of James, Viscount Severn, so the Queen's dressmaker and assistant Angela Kelly was tasked with creating a replica. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's How Prince Louis' Christening Compares to George and Charlotte's," 9 July 2018 The gown was designed by the Queen’s assistant, Angela Kelly, and Buckingham Palace’s team of dressmakers in 2008. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Just Revealed Prince Louis' Christening Date," 20 June 2018 Nataliya Kogan, Couture Alteration and Design Studio 502 Mortimer Court, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417 212.759.6661 This Russian genius has been in my life for 15 years and is the most talented and devoted dressmaker in New York. Peggy Siegal, Town & Country, "This Underground Plastic Surgery Guide Is the Talk of the Upper East Side," 20 Nov. 2017 The hat, which featured a purple flower on its brim, was a custom creation by Angela Kelly, the Queen's official dressmaker. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Arrives at the Royal Wedding Wearing Stewart Parvin," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of dressmaker


1803, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dressmaker

: a person who makes dresses and other clothes as a job

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