seam·stress | \ ˈsēm(p)-strəs also ˈsem(p)- \

Definition of seamstress 

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

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In about six hours, longtime seamstress Yermen Romero stitched the gown and dressed Markle’s 16-inch bisque porcelain doll. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Niles doll company replicates Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding looks just hours after ceremony," 19 May 2018 Aikonen grew up in Finland and began sewing her own clothing at age 7 with the help of her seamstress grandmother. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Design Director Launching Brands for Sizes 14 and Up," 12 June 2018 When Kerrigan and Altman started, there were still factories in North Philly where seamstresses could sew uniforms at single machines. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Team Sports Planet: an Internet pioneer faces Amazon, private equity," 9 July 2018 Every seamstress needed extra fabric to account for a mistaken measurement — and adding that tidbit made for loyal customers. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "South Miami-Dade leaders are right: If they settle for buses, they’ll never get rail," 6 July 2018 When someone called Rivera with a death threat, the seamstress fled. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "A caravan of migrants waits at America’s doorstep in protest and solidarity," 3 May 2018 Researchers also used photos of Earhart and clothing measurements taken by a seamstress to estimate the size of Earhart’s bones, and then compared those bone length estimates to the measurements Hoodless took. Jared Gilmour, kansascity, "Amelia Earhart’s bones were likely found in 1940 on Pacific island, new forensic analysis suggests | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018 Raquel Camallonga was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Jose Camallonga, a factory foreman, and his wife, Angelita, a seamstress. Jacques Kelly,, "Raquel Sanudo, longtime Howard County official, dies," 28 June 2018 His mother, Ramonita, was a seamstress in a garment factory. CBS News, ""Under One Roof," at NYC's Tenement Museum," 24 June 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seamstress

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


seam·stress | \ ˈsēm-strəs \

Kids Definition of seamstress

: a woman who sews especially for a living

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