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

Definition of seamstress

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

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His father was a shopkeeper, his mother a seamstress, and the family was continually in debt. Lloyd Schwartz, WSJ, "‘Debussy’ Review: An Ear for Beauty," 18 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere in Paris, a young seamstress named Frances dreams of becoming a famous designer. Jen Doll, New York Times, "Secrets, Lies and a Murder (or Three) in the Latest Y.A. Crossover Novels," 9 Mar. 2018 At the elite level, a team of seamstresses stand by to make last-minute costume repairs, but when a wardrobe malfunction happens mid-performance, skaters have only themselves to rely on. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Adding to Olympic Nerves: A Wardrobe Malfunction on Ice," 11 Feb. 2018 The Duchess has already helped create jobs at Hiut Denim jeans in Cardiff, Wales, and for seamstresses at Outland Denim in Cambodia. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, ""She Really Gets It": How Duchess Meghan Is Changing Lives with Her First Patronage," 10 Jan. 2019 Many of the seamstresses are retired, and are actively involved in their local churches. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Her mother was a seamstress, her father a construction worker. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Parents Sue New York City Over Mayor’s Plan to Diversify Elite High Schools," 13 Dec. 2018 This dress was completely transformed by the amazingly talented seamstresses at Mark Ingram Atelier. Carley K, Harper's BAZAAR, "Samantha & Jonathan Glass' Oceanfront Wedding in Playa Del Carmen," 23 Mar. 2017 After briefly studying fashion and textiles in college and customizing most of her own wardrobe over the years, the talented seamstress is also planning to launch a clothing collection for women like her. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of seamstress

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 How to pronounce seamstress (audio) \

Kids Definition of seamstress

: a woman who sews especially for a living

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