Part of speech: noun

A seamstress.

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Usage examples "needlewoman":

  1. Two days' hard work would be sufficient for so accomplished a needlewoman as herself to make these original decorations. - "Miss Mapp", Edward Frederic Benson.
  2. Mary, the housemaid, and the nurse, too, seemed to be curious about this old needlewoman, and were often coming in unexpectedly. - "Mr. Hogarth's Will", Catherine Helen Spence.
  3. Yet, considered simply in the light of a wife and a mother, she is no less admirable; and those who consider that stupidity is the proper basis for the domestic virtues, and that intellectual women must of necessity be helpless with their hands, cannot do better than read Phyllis Browne's pleasant little book, in which they will find that the greatest woman- mathematician of any age was a clever needlewoman, a good housekeeper, and a most skilful cook. - "Reviews", Oscar Wilde.