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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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  • You stay here and get on with your fandangles and dressmaking.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • She had a small pension from the Government, and she worked at dressmaking to eke it out.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • There had been no dressmaking, no consulting of milliner or modiste.

  • "Heard you were having trouble with the dressmaking," he announced.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • Costume sketching for making records in dressmaking workrooms.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
  • My wife has been dressmaking, and this is something in the dry goods line that I got through her.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • So for the present we can keep her to mind Tommy while I am dressmaking.

  • She gives, or gave, dressmaking lessons, in her idle moments.

British Dictionary definitions for dressmaking


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