dress·​mak·​er | \ ˈdres-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce dressmaker (audio) \

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 \ ˈdres-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce dressmaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of dressmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1975, Duch married Chhim Sophal, a village dressmaker, with the approval of his superiors. Washington Post, "Kaing Khek Iev, Khmer Rouge security chief known as ‘Brother Duch,’ dies at 77," 2 Sep. 2020 Glasse was also a dressmaker to the 18th century Princess Charlotte—which is the front piece of one of her books. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How 12 Female Cookbook Authors Changed the Way We Eat," 14 Aug. 2020 His mother was a dressmaker, his father a painter for London’s electricity company. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Alan Parker, director of ‘Midnight Express’ and ‘Mississippi Burning,’ dies at 76," 2 Aug. 2020 His mother was a dressmaker, his father a painter for London’s electricity company. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Alan Parker, 76, director of wide-ranging movies," 2 Aug. 2020 Prince Harry actually had reservations that the queen's dressmaker, Angela Kelly, was intentionally delaying the process of Meghan selecting her wedding day tiara, according to the book. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and the Queen Never Actually Disagreed over Her Wedding Day Tiara," 30 July 2020 For the dual portrait, Philip donned a Household Division tie, and the Queen wore a dress by Angela Kelly (her long-serving dressmaker) paired with the Cullinan V brooch. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "New Photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Released to Celebrate the Prince's 99th Birthday," 9 June 2020 With the help of a fast-acting dressmaker and generous vendors, Hollis and Stars were able to tie the knot in a ceremony in New Orleans on June 18, 2018. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman's Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis Didn't Stop Her Dream Wedding," 10 June 2020 Face masks are being sewn by artists, dressmakers, and just about everyone else (New Orleanians have dedicated costume closets). Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020

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1803, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Dressmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressmaker. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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