Seam-stress

seamstress

[seem-stris or, esp. British, sem-]
noun
a woman whose occupation is sewing.
Also, sempstress.


Origin:
1605–15; seamst(e)r + -ess


See -ess.
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seamstress or (rarely) sempstress (ˈsɛmstrɪs, ˈsɛmpstrɪs)
 
n
a woman who sews and makes clothes, esp professionally
 
sempstress or (rarely) sempstress
 
n

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seamstress
1644, from O.E. seamestre "person whose work is sewing," from seam (see seam). Originally indicating a woman, but the fem. ending -estre no longer felt as such in M.E. and a new one added.
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