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

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 To measure the tiny suits and gowns, the seamstresses often use doll dress patterns or Coke cans. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Mary Jane was extremely creative, an accomplished artist, seamstress, knitter, needle pointer and flower arranger., "Mary Jane Fletcher," 13 July 2018 On those days the seamstress hides Zuhour and her children in her sewing room — the only place her father never sets foot. Deborah Campbell, New York Times, "Like a Schindler for Iraq, This Unlikely War Hero Freed Women From ISIS," 27 Apr. 2018 As a cold, early Fall rain fell outside, seamstresses hand-stitched fresh rosebuds into tulle veils, and Odile Gilbert wove fresh roses into models’ hair for Rodarte’s Spring 2019 show. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Rodarte's Striking Flower Hair Sculptures Bring the Wow at New York Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seamstress.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of seamstress

1598, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about seamstress

Share seamstress

Statistics for seamstress

Last Updated

7 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for seamstress

The first known use of seamstress was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for seamstress



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on seamstress

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for seamstress

Spanish Central: Translation of seamstress

Nglish: Translation of seamstress for Spanish Speakers

Comments on seamstress

What made you want to look up seamstress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!