- a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.
- (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.
- making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.
- Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for.
Origin of bespoke
- to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader's patience.
- to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater.
- Literary. to speak to; address.
- to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart.
- Obsolete. to foretell; forebode.
Origin of bespeak
Examples from the Web for bespoke
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
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Beyond the bright, short-term futures of this hardy band of survivors in a bespoke genre, what can be guaranteed?How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead
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These aren't stomping tunes, but tender and mournful folk songs, a bespoke genre.Why No Oscar Love For 'Inside Llewyn Davis'?
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William is on a 10 week bespoke course in agricultural management at the University.Prince William Races Home From Cambridge To Be By Kate's Side on Her Birthday
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“This is not a future of harshness but of bespoke details,” production designer K.K. Barrett recently explained.How ‘Her’ Gets the Future Right
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Here all looked peaceful, and bespoke comfort and contentedness.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The unaccustomed action was significant; it bespoke a passionate loyalty.Tiverton Tales
But his figure was no longer that which bespoke the magician, and which Edwin had already seen.Imogen
It opens so abruptly and oddly, that attention is bespoke from the first line.
It was an English family had arrived that morning who bespoke them.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- (esp of clothing or a website, computer program, etc) made to the customer's specifications
- making or selling such clothing, websites, etca bespoke tailor; a bespoke web designer
- to engage, request, or ask for in advance
- to indicate or suggestthis act bespeaks kindness
- poetic to speak to; address
- archaic to foretell
Word Origin and History for bespoke
"custom or custom-made, made to order," of goods, as distinguished from ready-made, 1755, the same sense found earlier in bespoken (c.1600), past participle of bespeak, in a sense of "to speak for, to arrange beforehand," a sense attested in bespeak from 1580s. Now usually of tailored suits.
Old English besprecan "speak about, speak against, complain," from be- + sprecan "to speak" (see speak). A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon bisprecan, Dutch bespreken, Old High German bisprehhan, German besprechen); originally "to call out," it evolved a wide range of meaning in English, including "speak up," "oppose," "request," "discuss, "arrange," and "to order (goods)" (1580s).
The connection of the senses is very loose; some of them appear to have arisen quite independently of each other from different applications of BE- pref. [OED]