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[dres-mey-ker] /ˈdrɛsˌmeɪ kər/
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
1795-1805; dress + maker
Related forms
dressmaking, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dressmaking
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  • My youth is going, and I have nothing to show for it but ten years of dressmaking.

    Life and Gabriella Ellen Glasgow
  • Costume sketching for making records in dressmaking workrooms.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
  • She is said to be clever at millinery work and dressmaking; in fact, Mademoiselle de Vertmonteil recommended her to me.

  • My wife has been dressmaking, and this is something in the dry goods line that I got through her.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • But girls know that they still have mending, sewing, dressmaking and millinery to do.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • So for the present we can keep her to mind Tommy while I am dressmaking.

  • From 1904 to 1910, the Manhattan Trade School graduated thirty-four colored girls in dressmaking, hand sewing, and novelty making.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • She gives, or gave, dressmaking lessons, in her idle moments.

British Dictionary definitions for dressmaking


a person whose occupation is making clothes, esp for women
Derived Forms
dressmaking, noun
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