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 Carlo’s mother, Angiolina, was a seamstress from Collodi. Perri Klass, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 His father was a tailor from Kiev, his mother a seamstress from near Minsk. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 His father, Aniello, was a longshoreman; his mother, Lucy (Esposito) Pignatano, was a seamstress. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Plus, this machine has a maximum sewing speed of 850 stitches per minute for the speedy seamstress. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 22 May 2022 His father was reportedly denied the military draft because of a body weakened by alcoholism, while his mother was a seamstress. Phil Davison, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 My dad worked as a beach warden, and my mom was a seamstress. Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 The seamstress showed her a fashion magazine, and the next first lady chose the designs of two discreet suits. Franklin Briceño, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seamstress

1598, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2022

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“Seamstress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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