Definition of sempstress in English:

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sempstress

Pronunciation: /ˈsem(p)strəs/

noun

Another term for seamstress.
Example sentences
  • Young Misses will be improved in Reading, Grammar, and Writing; and particular attention will be paid such whose abilities entitle them to become complete sempstresses.
  • The 1696 parable about the dangers of middle-class women dressing like ‘persons of quality’ has its roots in the more or less endemic anxiety that prostitutes' ‘excellent Art… can easily turn a Sempstress into a waiting Gentlewoman.’

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Syllabification: semp·stress

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