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

Definition of seamstress

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

Examples of seamstress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bonnie was an expert cook, seamstress, and enjoyed tennis and exercising, especially pilates., "Deaths in South Florida: 12/1," 1 Dec. 2019 Lots of talent just goes’ Rafael’s mother, a seamstress, wanted him to go to college, like several of her six children. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "A family with roots in the Seattle region starts over in Mexico," 24 Sep. 2019 In the end, the company won the contract for the Apollo suits, and gave some of their bra-making seamstresses a brand-new assignment. CBS News, "The seamstresses who helped put a man on the moon," 14 July 2019 Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, is widely credited with creating the flag at George Washington’s behest, although most scholars dispute that story as legend, according to the Library of Congress. Niraj Chokshi,, "Nike pulls ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneaker after criticism of slavery-era imagery," 2 July 2019 In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing. Washington Post, "Bespoke silk robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit," 12 Nov. 2019 The only thing more developed than Petersen’s impressive gift of observation (her sight could rival that of a queen’s seamstress) is her sympathetic imagination. oregonlive, "4 Oregon poets’ new collections plumb the past and illuminate the present," 9 Nov. 2019 Ever since then, he has been inspired by his seamstress and designer grandmother to create and sew his own garments., "Project Runway season 18 exclusive first look: Meet the new designers, celebrity guests Leslie Jones, Kiernan Shipka, more," 9 Oct. 2019 The boycott was called after Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger., "NEW YORK — Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta. She was 88.," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of seamstress

1598, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2019

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“Seamstress.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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