needle trades

plural noun
  1. the occupations and organizations involved in the manufacture of clothing.

Origin of needle trades

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby needle trades Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use needle trades in a sentence

  • In the needle trades they are twice as frequent as Bridget or Nora who came over in the steerage.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross