- (of a woman's garment) in a simple or plain style with fitted lines.Compare dressmaker(def 2).
- having simple, straight lines and a neat appearance: tailored slipcovers.
Origin of tailored
- a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, especially suits, coats, and other outer garments.
- to make by tailor's work.
- to fashion or adapt to a particular taste, purpose, need, etc.: to tailor one's actions to those of another.
- to fit or furnish with clothing.
- Chiefly U.S. Military. to make (a uniform) to order; cut (a ready-made uniform) so as to cause to fit more snugly; taper.
- to do the work of a tailor.
Origin of tailor1
Examples from the Web for tailored
Get your own tailored tuxedo blazer to traipse around town in.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life
November 29, 2014
And their message was one tailored to the disaffected young descendants of Muslim immigrants in Europe.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
If a sidekick is flamboyantly dressed in pastels or tailored velvet, he must be morally corruptible.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
Salahaddin is an internal province of Iraq, and its force was tailored for counterinsurgency.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
Anderson cuts an exotic figure himself, with his tailored suits, long hair and love of unusual neckwear.The Cast of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Says Wes Anderson Is a Genius Hardass
February 16, 2014
She looked like a fashion-plate in a tailored gown and handsome hat.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
By day she was always in tailored frocks of the strictest simplicity.The Cricket
Well barbered and tailored he would have presented a handsome appearance.Fighting Byng
Tailored seams do not require any extra allowance of material.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
His shirt clung to his pecs and was tailored down to his narrow waist.Makers
- a person who makes, repairs, or alters outer garments, esp menswearRelated adjective: sartorial
- a voracious and active marine food fish, Pomatomus saltator, of Australia with scissor-like teeth
- to cut or style (material, clothes, etc) to satisfy certain requirements
- (tr) to adapt so as to make suitable for something specifiche tailored his speech to suit a younger audience
- (intr) to follow the occupation of a tailor
Word Origin and History for tailored
late 13c., from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes," from Late Latin taliare "to split," from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff, a cutting, twig," on the notion of a piece of a plant cut for grafting.
Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, cf. slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.
Although historically the tailor is the cutter, in the trade the 'tailor' is the man who sews or makes up what the 'cutter' has shaped. [OED]
Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); originally "heavy and plain," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.
1660s, from tailor (n.). Figurative sense of "to design (something) to suit needs" is attested from 1942. Related: Tailored; tailoring.