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[need-l-woo m-uh n]
noun, plural nee·dle·wom·en.
  1. a woman who does needlework.
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Origin of needlewoman

First recorded in 1605–15; needle + woman

Usage note

See -woman.
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Examples from the Web for needlewoman

Historical Examples

  • No, madam, replied she, I am not needlewoman enough for that.

    Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business

    Daniel Defoe

  • 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 footman accuses the cook, who accuses the needlewoman, who accuses the other two.

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


    John Galsworthy

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

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

British Dictionary definitions for needlewoman


noun plural -women
  1. a woman who does needlework; seamstress
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