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  • noun Plural form of sempster.


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  • Men, women, and children were moving about in all directions; now stopping before the mercers 'shops, or the sempsters from Cheapside, or looking into those of the goldsmiths: while the vintners were never without a crowd inside or out of their booths.

    John Deane of Nottingham Historic Adventures by Land and Sea William Henry Giles Kingston 1847

  • As I had often begged the king to induce his men, who are all wonderfully clever artisans, to imitate the chair and other things I gave him, I now told him if he would order some of his sempsters, who are far cleverer with the needle than my men, to my camp, I would cut up some old clothes, and so teach them how to work.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile John Hanning Speke 1845

  • The instincts of nature point out neither taylors, nor weavers, nor mantua-makers, nor sempsters, nor milliners; and yet I am very glad that we do not run naked like the Hottentots.

    Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M--y W--y M--e Montague, Lady Mary W 1724

  • In certain other settings, of course, hoops, panniers, chemises and corsets may be admired in the ladies 'dressing room, especially where hand-embroidered as well as designed, and constructed by the wearer or one of the sempsters in attendance.

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