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[need-l-woo m-uh n] /ˈnid lˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural needlewomen.
a woman who does needlework.
Origin of needlewoman
First recorded in 1605-15; needle + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is not the moment to urge upon the needlewoman the study of design, but to urge upon the designer the study of stitches.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • When a woman has a family of children, one ought to have in a needlewoman by the hour.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • The needlewoman hung down her head, overcome with confusion.

  • I know quite as good a needlewoman, who'll be only too glad to come instead.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • The footman accuses the cook, who accuses the needlewoman, who accuses the other two.

  • The choice of stitch patterns of this kind is invariably left to the needlewoman.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • If firm intention could have done it, she would have become in those days as accomplished a needlewoman as her mother and sister.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • He was acquainted, to some extent, with the needlewoman of Back Grove Street.

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • No, madam, replied she, I am not needlewoman enough for that.

  • The child drew back in alarm, but the needlewoman caught her by the arm.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for needlewoman


noun (pl) -women
a woman who does needlework; seamstress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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