seam·​stress | \ ˈsēm(p)-strəs How to pronounce seamstress (audio) also ˈsem(p)- \

Definition of seamstress

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

Examples of seamstress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One snowy night in the bleak midwinter of 1893, a seamstress named Esther Tull turns up at the London residence of Lord Strythe. Malcom Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The House on Vesper Sands,' by Paraic O'Donnell," 22 Jan. 2021 It’s because a couture seamstress spent 15 hours sewing them. Time Staff, Time, "The TIME 2030 Committee Offers 8 Solutions for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future," 22 Jan. 2021 His mother, Bertha, moved him and his sister, Shirley, to Los Angeles, where Bertha Spector worked as a seamstress and later a bookkeeper. New York Times, "Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 His father was an ironworker, while his mother was a seamstress. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 Her favorite piece is the Barbie house, a nod to her origins as a seamstress. Missy Wilkinson,, "The pandemic helps a busy New Orleans designer find time to revive a joyful holiday village tradition," 23 Dec. 2020 The 29-year-old seamstress began her sidewalk side hustle after the pandemic ripped away her freelance jobs in the fashion industry. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, "The pandemic affected a seamstress' career. Now she uses a pushcart for her innovative side hustle.," 20 Oct. 2020 Her father was a businessman and her mother a homemaker and later seamstress. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Ochi, trailblazer for civil rights and Japanese American causes, dies at 81," 5 Jan. 2021 Noelline and her seamstress mother were even seen several times in the Red House kitchen. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of seamstress

1598, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2021

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“Seamstress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seamstress

: a woman who sews clothes, curtains, etc., as a job


seam·​stress | \ ˈsēm-strəs How to pronounce seamstress (audio) \

Kids Definition of seamstress

: a woman who sews especially for a living

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