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 formsdress·mak·ing, noun
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Related Words for dressmaker

tailor, designer, sewer, fitter, modiste

Examples from the Web for dressmaker

Contemporary Examples of dressmaker

Historical Examples of dressmaker

  • Peggy really must try your dressmaker—but she's so disappointed!

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

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

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

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • 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 Formsdressmaking, noun
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