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dress·​mak·​er ˈdres-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce dressmaker (audio)
: one that makes dresses
dressmaking noun


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of women's clothes
: having softness, rounded lines, and intricate detailing
a dressmaker suit

Examples of dressmaker in a Sentence

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Paint, pencils, a dressmaker's mannequin, books, a wooden model of a person, a not-yet-dry clay bust, a video game cabinet. Linda Holmes, NPR, 10 May 2024 Betania in turn is a dressmaker who is sewing a beauty pageant outfit for a neighbor. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 This includes Lowe’s grandmother and Elizabeth Keckley, an enslaved seamstress who used her skills (passed down from her mother) to buy her freedom and become First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker. Shelcy Joseph, Essence, 21 Dec. 2023 Payne recalls his brush with Abraham Zapruder, a dressmaker who loved Kennedy. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dressmaker 

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Word History

First Known Use


1803, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dressmaker was in 1803

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“Dressmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressmaker. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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