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seamstress

[seem-stris or, esp. British, sem-] /ˈsim strɪs or, esp. British, ˈsɛm-/
noun
1.
a woman whose occupation is sewing.
Also, sempstress.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; seamst(e)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for seam-stress

seamstress

/ˈsɛmstrɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who sews and makes clothes, esp professionally
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Word Origin and History for seam-stress

seamstress

n.

1640s, with -ess + seamster (also sempster), from Old English seamestre "sewer, tailor, person whose work is sewing," from seam. Originally indicating a woman, but after a while the fem. ending -estre no longer was felt as such and a new one added.

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