Definition of tailoress in English:



  • A female tailor.

    ‘Jane had started working as a tailoress to boost her family's income’
    • ‘But at 15, she was apprenticed to a tailoress Miss Fitzgibbon and there, over five years, she served her time and learned her craft.’
    • ‘Marian's background as a tailoress differed from that of the middle-class, educated women who were prominent in socialist politics.’
    • ‘Hoduet neglected his work, but his wife gamely toiled as a tailoress after their child's birth.’
    • ‘She assisted in disputes among female textile workers and took a leading role in the lengthy Leeds tailoresses ' strike of 1889.’
    • ‘Susan worked as a tailoress, as did her older sister, Florence, while their brother, Benjamin, joined George at the docks.’
    • ‘During the war she became an apprentice tailoress at the shop.’
    • ‘Ellen Smith lived with her aunt, and in the census of 1871 is described as a tailoress.’
    • ‘My mother was a tailoress and my father worked for Johnny Walker whisky, so singing was not really in the family.’
    • ‘Jean Eaton, 87, a former tailoress, was a resident at the Wemyss Lodge Nursing Home in Ermin Street, Swindon, for five years before she died.’
    • ‘In January 1889 she formed the Liverpool Workwomen's Society, comprising bookfolders, tailoresses, and cigarmakers.’
    • ‘In September 1926 Joe married Gertrude Shepperd who was working as a tailoress for the Akaroa tailor, Mr Morkcom.’
    • ‘The first female union in the Land of Oz was formed when female tailoresses tossed their collective thimbles out the window and created The Victorian Tailoresses Union.’
    • ‘It was during his time at Laverton that David met Margaret, a tailoress in the WRAAF.’
    garment maker, seamstress, needlewoman, tailoress
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