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[dres-mey-ker] /ˈdrɛsˌmeɪ kər/
a person whose occupation is the making or alteration of women's dresses, coats, etc.
(of women's clothing) having soft lines or elaborate detail.
Origin of dressmaker
First recorded in 1795-1805; dress + maker
Related forms
dressmaking, noun Unabridged
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  • Peggy really must try your dressmaker—but she's so disappointed!

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  • Well, Nellie looks as if she'd been callin' on the dressmaker pretty often.

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  • He made for the dressmaker's, and heard that Kate had not been there for six hours.

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  • Much better to let her run the beach or go to the dressmaker's shop in the Cabaal.

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  • She went with Helen to the dressmaker in Lumberton, when Helen ordered her new costume.

British Dictionary definitions for dressmaker


a person whose occupation is making clothes, esp for women
Derived Forms
dressmaking, noun
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