[ need-l-woom-uhn ]

noun,plural nee·dle·wom·en.
  1. a woman who does needlework.

Origin of needlewoman

First recorded in 1605–15; needle + woman

usage note For needlewoman

See -woman.

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

How to use needlewoman in a sentence

  • Encarnacian was a needlewoman too; she was a great, strong, bouncing girl with a vulgar face.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 | Armando Palacio Valds
  • Owing to the clumsiness of her wooden fingers, the woman of the south was a poor needlewoman, but was a fine dancer.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales | Clara Kern Bayliss
  • Neither was I very much downcast at my failures in this field; I was not an ambitious needlewoman.

    The Promised Land | Mary Antin
  • 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
  • The needlewoman has preferred to sew over the raw edges of the stuff, and give us a perfect piece of Fretwork in linen.

    Art in Needlework | Lewis F. Day

British Dictionary definitions for needlewoman


/ (ˈniːdəlˌwʊmən) /

nounplural -women
  1. a woman who does needlework; seamstress

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