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 dressmaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of dressmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For most of her working life, Sealy was an accountant who wanted to be a dressmaker. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2021 The typical American working as a tailor, dressmaker, or sewer is 53.6 years old — about 11 years older than the typical worker across all occupations — and over 17% of those in the occupation, about 11,000 people, are 65 or older. Samuel Stebbins, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 Gurung showed dressmaker button detailing alongside feathery and slinky looks. Leanne Italie, ajc, 9 Sep. 2021 No longer a mere prisoner of her nasty stepmother (Idina Menzel) awaiting salvation at the hands of her beloved prince, this Cinderella is a strong, business-minded dressmaker who wants to work in high fashion. David Sims, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2021 In the latest adaption of Cinderella, Camila Cabello stars as a dressmaker who wants to go to the royal ball…to network! Christopher Ros, Glamour, 12 Aug. 2021 His father was a gardener, his mother a dressmaker. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 Calment had told her validators stories about her dressmaker, her midwife, and her math teacher. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Keckly was Mary Todd Lincoln’s confidante and dressmaker. courant.com, 29 July 2021

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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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“Dressmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressmaker. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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