from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who does needlework, especially a seamstress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who works with a needle; a female embroiderer, sewer, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who does needlework; a seamstress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who is an expert in sewing or embroidery, or one whose business is sewing or embroidery; specifically, a woman who earns a living by sewing; a seamstress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who makes or mends dresses


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  • "Kista was the best needlewoman among us," I told him angrily.


  • I was not a natural needlewoman but I did try hard.

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  • Alas, she will never make a needlewoman—and her work suffers because of her appalling untidiness.

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  • And as a needlewoman, I was instinctively drawn to gold thread.

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  • There was a small dressing-table in front of a long glass, and here the needlewoman sat, out of patience with

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  • At any hour of the day the passer-by could see the needlewoman seated in an old, red velvet chair, bending over an embroidery frame, and stitching indefatigably.

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  • Not knowing whether Roger would arrive in a carriage or on foot, the needlewoman from the Rue du Tourniquet looked by turns at the foot-passengers, and at the tilburies — light cabs introduced into Paris by the

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  • The pretty needlewoman guessed that her new friend had been long weaned from tenderness and love, and no longer believed in the devotion of woman.

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  • The young needlewoman, bending over her frame, was embroidering with indefatigable diligence; on the table, with the writ lay a triangular hunch of bread, placed there, no doubt, to sustain her in the night and to remind her of the reward of her industry.

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  • In fact she was growing into a competent needlewoman, but not because she practiced it in the afternoons.

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