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seamstress Line breaks: seam|stress
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːmstrəs/

Definition of seamstress in English:


A woman who sews, especially one who earns her living by sewing.
Example sentences
  • A cloud of lint hovered over the seamstresses and their sewing machines like a multicolored fog over a river.
  • Workers in this informal sector include tinsmiths, seamstresses, bakers, carpenters, and peddlers.
  • The tailors or seamstresses would literally stitch new clothes onto people around Easter-time and that was it for the year.


Late 16th century: from archaic seamster, sempster 'tailor, seamstress' + -ess1.

Words that rhyme with seamstress

waitress • ex libris

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