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One that makes women's clothing, especially dresses.

dress′mak′ing n.


(Knitting & Sewing) a person whose occupation is making clothes, esp for women
ˈdressˌmaking n


(ˈdrɛsˌmeɪ kər)

1. a person whose occupation is the making or alteration of women's dresses, coats, etc.
2. (of women's clothing) having soft lines and sometimes much fine detail.
dress′mak`ing, n.
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Noun1.dressmaker - someone who makes or mends dressesdressmaker - someone who makes or mends dresses  
garment worker, garmentmaker, garment-worker - a person who makes garments


noun seamstress, tailor, couturier, sewing woman, modiste She used to be a dressmaker.
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[ˈdresmeɪkəʳ] Nmodista f, costurera f


[ˈdrɛsmeɪkər] ncouturier/ière m/f


[ˈdrɛsˌmeɪkəʳ] nsarto/a


(dres) verb
1. to put clothes or a covering on. We dressed in a hurry and my wife dressed the children.
2. to prepare (food etc) to be eaten. She dressed a salad.
3. to treat and bandage (wounds). He was sent home from hospital after his burns had been dressed.
1. what one is wearing or dressed in. He has strange tastes in dress.
2. a piece of women's clothing with a top and skirt in one piece. Shall I wear a dress or a blouse and skirt?
dressed adjective
wearing (clothes). Don't come in – I'm not dressed!; She was dressed in black; Get dressed immediately; a well-dressed man.
ˈdresser noun
1. a kitchen sideboard for holding dishes.
2. (American) a chest of drawers for holding clothes sometimes with a mirror.
ˈdressing noun
1. something put on as a covering. We gave the rose-bed a dressing of manure.
2. a sauce added especially to salads. oil and vinegar dressing.
3. a bandage etc used to dress a wound. He changed the patient's dressing.
ˈdressing-gown noun
a loose garment worn over pyjamas etc.
ˈdressing-room noun
a room (in a theatre etc) for actors etc to change in.
ˈdressing-table noun
a table in a bedroom with a mirror and drawers.
ˈdressmaker noun
a person who makes clothes for women.
dress rehearsal
a full rehearsal of a play etc with costumes etc.
dress up
to put on special clothes, eg fancy dress. He dressed up as a clown for the party.
References in classic literature ?
A celebrated mantua-maker in the Strand, famous for setting off
At that minute Jo was particularly absorbed in dressmaking, for she was mantua-maker general to the family, and took especial credit to herself because she could use a needle as well as a pen.
In this happy retreat are colonised a few clear-starchers, a sprinkling of journeymen bookbinders, one or two prison agents for the Insolvent Court, several small housekeepers who are employed in the Docks, a handful of mantua-makers, and a seasoning of jobbing tailors.
Mamma is resolved that I shall do her credit, and we have spent the last two weeks driving about from milliners to mantua-makers, from merchants to jewellers.
The 1838 sewing manual The Workwoman's Guide "strongly recommended to all those who can afford it, to have their best dresses invariably made by a mantua-maker, as those which are cut out at home seldom fit .
Employed as a mantua-maker at the theatre since 1780, she appears to have been in charge of the women's wardrobe from 1794 through to 1815 (Highfill, Burnim & Langhans 12: 301-02).