nee·​dle·​wom·​an ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce needlewoman (audio)
: a woman who does needlework
especially : seamstress

Examples of needlewoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One hundred and fifty years later, young Isobel, a gifted needlewoman, dreams of her own escape from the limited options open to women; her greatest desire is to own a dressmaking shop. Heller McAlpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Oct. 2022 Set in the 1930s, Chevalier’s new novel follows a woman whose fiancé died in World War I and who finds a sense of community among the guild of needlewomen embroidering kneelers for the pews at one of Britain’s great cathedrals. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of needlewoman was in 1535

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“Needlewoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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