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

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Come see the recreation of an early meeting house, village store, dressmaker shop, shoemaker shop and creamery. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019 Lilly's career spanned working as a dressmaker, a dental assistant, and a German tour guide for New York City and throughout the country. courant.com, "Lillyan Rosenberg," 20 July 2019 The villa’s turn of the century chatelaine, the Marchioness of Casa Torres, was a woman of immense Proustian elegance who dressed with the greatest Parisian dressmakers and milliners of the day. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "“Balenciaga and Spanish Painting” Opens at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid," 21 June 2019 Meghan Markle looked simply stunning in Dior, while baby Archie wore the handmade replica of the royal family's christening robe, made by the Queen's dressmaker, Angela Kelly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana's Sisters Played an Important Role in Archie's Christening," 6 July 2019 There are several amusing running gags in the staging, such as Miss Bates’ elderly mother being played by a dressmaker’s dummy, and tall floor lamps standing in as guests at a ball. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs," 6 June 2019 That may be news to fans of Panichgul, who’s been known more as a dressmaker than for simple tailoring. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Introducing HommeGirls, the New “Passion Project” of Designer Thakoon Panichgul," 3 June 2019 In 1930s colonial Malaya (present-day Malaysia), Ji Lin is an apprentice dressmaker who works nights at a dancehall. Amy Alipio, National Geographic, "13 new books for spring break trips," 6 Mar. 2019 The story is told by Maryam, the first character in Unveiled, a Pakistani immigrant and dressmaker in Chicago's famed Devon Avenue commercial district. Dallas News, "Making its Texas debut, Rohina Malik's one-woman show pulls the veil off Muslim stereotypes," 6 June 2019

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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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