seam·​stress ˈsēm(p)-strəs How to pronounce seamstress (audio)
 also  ˈsem(p)-
: a woman whose occupation is sewing

Examples of seamstress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father, Charles St. Hill, was a factory worker from British Guiana, while her mother, Ruby Seale St. Hill, was a seamstress from Barbados. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 Consider consulting a local seamstress or tailor who can accurately measure you for a small fee or even at no cost. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The seamstress eventually left the hothouse environment of Washington to run the Department of Sewing and Domestic Science Arts for Ohio’s Wilberforce University, the first college in the U.S. owned and operated by African Americans. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 Atkins grew up in rural southwestern Virginia, one of four children of a miner and a seamstress and the first in her family to graduate from college. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2024 This includes Lowe’s grandmother and Elizabeth Keckley, an enslaved seamstress who used her skills (passed down from her mother) to buy her freedom and become First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker. Shelcy Joseph, Essence, 21 Dec. 2023 We’re also led to believe that Simms—having met with Elizabeth Keckley, a Black writer and seamstress who served as a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln, and having opened a school for Black children—has a grand future ahead of her. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Her after-school job as a seamstress and her sister’s tanning bed come in handy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 7 Feb. 2024 His father, Laban Cooley, was a car salesman, and his mother, Eula Cooley, was a seamstress. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seamstress was in 1598

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“Seamstress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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seam·​stress ˈsēm(p)-strəs How to pronounce seamstress (audio)
: a woman who sews especially for a living

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