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[semp-stris, sem-stris]
  1. seamstress.
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Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for sempstress

Historical Examples of sempstress

  • You own that you cannot do anything for the sempstress and the housemaid.

    The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • About 1647, she, being a sempstress to Colonel Monk, used to carry him linen.'

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • Need then rendered me shepherdess, need renders me sempstress.

  • Her ambition was to gain her living independently, if she could, by being a sempstress.

  • She had acted as a servant, as an assistant in a printing-office, as a sempstress.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for sempstress


  1. a rare word for seamstress
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