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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 ?
The situation that I have made interest to procure, ma'am, is with --with a milliner and dressmaker, in short.
Now, the first idea called up in Mrs Nickleby's mind by the words milliner and dressmaker were connected with certain wicker baskets lined with black oilskin, which she remembered to have seen carried to and fro in the streets; but, as Ralph proceeded, these disappeared, and were replaced by visions of large houses at the West end, neat private carriages, and a banker's book; all of which images succeeded each other with such rapidity, that he had no sooner finished speaking, than she nodded her head and said 'Very true,' with great appearance of satisfaction.
The dressmaker was a buxom person, handsomely dressed and rather good-looking, but much older than the gentleman in the Turkish trousers, whom she had wedded some six months before.
I can introduce you to a dressmaker in London who is at the head of a large establishment, and I will do it before I leave you to-night.
The dressmaker to whom I had alluded had been my mother's maid in f ormer years, and had been established in business with money lent by my late step-father, Mr.
After she had gone, a dressmaker from Madame Suppert-Roguet waited on the Rostovs, and Natasha, very glad of this diversion, having shut herself into a room adjoining the drawing room, occupied herself trying on the new dresses.
She nodded to the dressmaker, whom she knew and who had curtsied respectfully to her, and seated herself in an armchair beside the looking glass, draping the folds of her velvet dress picturesquely.
She was generally a mistress of the art of dressing well without great expense, and before leaving Moscow she had given her dressmaker three dresses to transform.
There were many tailors and dressmakers and shoemakers and the like, who made things that any who desired them might wear.
In a report by ABC News, the Puerto Rican singer actress said in the early '60s, she was 'making a making a really crappy World War II movie, playing yet another native girl' and had a dressmaker in Manila make her gown.
BANK robbers, a dressmaker and a firearm heiress feature in movies at the big screen this week.
The Prince and the Dressmaker explores romance, identity, young love, art, and family.