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- n. a female tailor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female tailor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who makes garments for men and boys; especially, one who undertakes to cut as well as sew, or to make the whole garment.
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The queen said: "Do you know what to do! call a tailoress, and have a dress precisely like this bought, and take off this one before my son comes."
Opposed to her was the sartorella, or little tailoress, which may be said to be synonymous with the French grisette.
When I ask for a garment of a particular form, my tailoress tells me gravely, “They do not make them so now,” not emphasizing the “They” at all, as if she quoted an authority as impersonal as the Fates, and I find it difficult to get made what I want, simply because she cannot believe that I mean what I say, that I am so rash.
My mother was a skilled tailoress; my father a quarry worker who worked his way through the engineering school at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
My wife is a tailoress, makes all kinds of men's clothing and is acquainted with all kinds of housework.
This made it impossible for them to keep any servant save a little girl who washed the dishes, and consequently Grisell acted as cook, housekeeper, housemaid, washerwoman, laundress, dressmaker, and tailoress.
Poor Ermellina was persuaded, and descended the stairs; the tailoress took to flight while Ermellina was yet buttoning up the dress, and disappeared.
"But I am not the old woman," replied the tailoress, "you know me, for I have always made your dresses."
The tailoress said, "Come down, I must fit a dress on you."
Ermellina looked out of the window and saw her tailoress; and was, in truth, a little confused (indeed, anyone would have been so).