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ready-to-wear

[red-ee-tuh-wair] /ˈrɛd i təˈwɛər/
noun
1.
clothing made in standard sizes; ready-made clothing.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or dealing in such clothing:
the ready-to-wear business; a ready-to-wear shop.
Origin of ready-to-wear
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95
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Examples from the Web for ready-to-wear
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  • He was awake to the marvelous development of the ready-to-wear business.

  • It is a little too prim and ready-to-wear for me, if you'll excuse me for saying so.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • Mr. Secord is the new buyer of the ladies' ready-to-wear, and successor to Mr. Woodman.

  • Toward noon Kit, in a "ready-to-wear" looking costume, knocked at Clo's door.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Some of them specialize in certain things, like ready-to-wear clothing, but most of them carry a little of everything.

    Finding the Lost Treasure Helen M. Persons
British Dictionary definitions for ready-to-wear

ready-to-wear

adjective (ready to wear when postpositive)
1.
(of clothes) not tailored for the wearer; of a standard size
noun
2.
an article or suit of such clothes
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