- (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.
- making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.
Origin of bespoke
verb (used with object), be·spoke or (Archaic) be·spake; be·spo·ken or be·spoke; be·speak·ing.
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|Charlie Gilbert|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beyond the bright, short-term futures of this hardy band of survivors in a bespoke genre, what can be guaranteed?
These aren't stomping tunes, but tender and mournful folk songs, a bespoke genre.
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|Tom Sykes|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This is not a future of harshness but of bespoke details,” production designer K.K. Barrett recently explained.
A fine handwriting, he said, bespoke the man of audacity and determination; and his own might have been done with a pin.The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
The less wary patron who bespoke Windsor Forest had to suffer for his jacobite zeal.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
A glorious dawn; a very flush of happy youth; the sweeter that it bespoke a warm and early spring.Airy Fairy Lilian|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
He found eight that he made of a length, about three feet high, and bespoke a number of rough hemlock-boards.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe|Amanda Minnie Douglas
There was something about this individual that bespoke him a person of authority.The War Trail|Mayne Reid
adjective mainly British
verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken or -spoke (tr)
"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]