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  • n. A seamstress, a woman employed to sew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seamstress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See seamstress.

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

  • n. someone who makes or mends dresses


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From seamster +‎ -ess.


  • In Pritchard, the Conservatives have surely found their very own Rosa Parks, not a meek sempstress, admittedly, but the next best thing: in his words, "a council lad from a very poor background".

    Animals in circuses: If you're going to rebel, find a better cause | Catherine Bennett

  • This person, it developed, was the village sempstress, recruited to repair the deficiencies of my wardrobe by adjusting the fit of a dress, obtained on short notice from some local connection of the innkeeper's.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • She is the most respectable servant I have met with in Italy; and, were you not provided, I would recommend her to you, — she is a good sempstress, and an excellent nurse.

    New Letters from Charles Brown to Joseph Severn

  • We see him raise his sempstress Dorcas, at the house of the tanner Simon at Joppa.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • St. Peter raised from the dead Dorcas, a sempstress, who made clothes for the “brethren.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • A pile of shaped pieces of linen told me that she was a sempstress.


  • Nan was a sempstress and did not I think have any connection to commercial baking

    Sedgemoor Easter Cakes, Somerset

  • To this encaged sempstress no one ever speaks unless it be to give a rare order for a mutton chop or pint of stout.

    The Three Clerks

  • The housemaid probably did not like cleaning grates; nor the butcher killing sheep; nor the sempstress stitching silks.

    The American Senator

  • These easily-pleased, confectionery-eating students, who fancy they are sowing their wild oats in truly Continental style if they tickle a sempstress under the ribs!



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  • ...he discarded a little sempstress of whom he was very fond...

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008