Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tirewoman; a female dresser, as in a theater.
“She therefore told Maya all that was before her, and having put upon her tiny finger the fairy-ring, bade the tiring-woman take off her velvet robe, and the gold circlet in her hair, and clothe her in a russet suit of serge, with a gray kirtle and hood.”
“Sheila soon began to have less fear of this terrible tiring-woman, who forthwith proceeded with her task.”
“At the thought of it she broke into a laugh that appalled her tiring-woman; then mastering her hysteria, she took a sudden determination.”
“No princess could have had a more humble tiring-woman than Catherine.”
“Pray you,' the Queen said after her through the door, 'look you around and spy me out a maid to be my tiring-woman and ward my spinsters.”
“She turned abruptly, confronting the tiring-woman with that fixed evil glance of hers.”
“Phoebe, who remembered Rebecca both as her nineteenth-century sister and as her sixteenth-century nurse and tiring-woman, thought this determination the best compromise under the circumstances, and explained to her aunt that Rebecca was subject to recurring fits of delusion, and that it was necessary at such times to humor her in all things.”
“Her tiring-woman, a Mexican half-breed, came toward her.”
“My uncle would fain have hindered her, but she paid no heed to his admonitions, and while her tiring-woman arrayed her with great care to appear at table, she thanked the saints for that Ann was far away on this luckless day.”
“She never trusted the tiring-woman to put the finishing touches with those clumsy English fingers; and, besides, she bathed my swollen eyelids with essences, and made me rub my pale cheeks with”
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