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

Definition of seamstress 

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

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Unbeknownst to her aunts, Coco gave the seamstress detailed instructions for whipping up a dress like the one in the novel. Susan Goldman Rubin, Time, "Coco Chanel's Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life," 13 Mar. 2018 The hope is that giving some startup capital and some business skills helps recipients build a small ongoing enterprise — a small vegetable or dairy farming operation, say, or a bicycle messenger service, or a seamstress shop. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Giving out cash is a great way to fight poverty. This approach might be even better.," 15 Oct. 2018 Her grandmother, Mary Dickson, a maid and seamstress, was named Maine State Mother of the Year in 1950. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lining up to consider challenging Collins in 2020," 8 Oct. 2018 When the elevators open, you are instantly transported away from Midtown and into a Sui-purple land of Steven Meisel photos blown up as posters, seamstresses stitching away, and racks upon racks of iridescent clothing. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes of Anna Sui’s Wanderlust Spring 2019 Show," 12 Sep. 2018 An ardent environmentalist, Dehoon grew up in Russia, lived in Iran and France, and has worked as a draftsman, secretary, seamstress, beautician, and aide for youngsters with special needs. Kevin Riordan,, "Painting portraits, she draws the life stories of South Jersey seniors | Kevin Riordan," 18 May 2018 At least once a year, the Clines travel to India to present design workshops for the new collections and check in on the lives of the 130 seamstresses Anchal employs. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Romero’s studio, Tintoreria, offers a luxury similar to having a stylish grandmother who happens to be a seamstress. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "This Natural Dyeing Service Will Give Your Sheets and Towels a Second Life," 1 July 2018 His father, Anthony, was a mason, and his mother, Elizabeth (Laganigro) Megliola, was a seamstress. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Nick Meglin, 82, a Mad Magazine Mainstay, Is Dead," 12 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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a knickknack or trinket

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