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ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
adjective
1.
made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order:
a ready-made coat.
2.
made for immediate use.
3.
unoriginal; conventional.
noun
4.
5.
something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.
Origin of ready-made
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50

readymade

or ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
noun
1.
an everyday manufactured object, as a bottle rack, a snow shovel, a urinal, or a comb, that may by the creative act of selection and designation by an artist attain status as a work of art: associated almost exclusively with the aesthetic activities of Marcel Duchamp during the period 1915 to 1917.
Origin
< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915
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Examples from the Web for ready-made
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  • Rice-puddings can be grown, ready-made, by sowing rice with cowcumbers.

  • His clothes, too, had the look of having come from an English ready-made shop.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Marsh's clothes were cheap and ready-made, and they seemed to be a size too large for him.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • This was the development of the ready-made clothing industry.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • He was glad he had not told her that his new dress suit was ready-made.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for ready-made

ready-made

adjective
1.
made for purchase and immediate use by any customer: a ready-made jacket
2.
extremely convenient or ideally suited: a ready-made solution
3.
unoriginal or conventional: ready-made phrases
noun
4.
a ready-made article, esp a garment
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