- (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.
- making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.
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Origin of bespoke
Words nearby bespoke
What does bespoke mean?
Bespoke means custom-made—made based on the specifications of the person ordering it, as in a bespoke suit. It can also be used to describe a person or company that makes such things, as in bespoke tailor.
Bespoke is an adjective, but it’s also the past tense of the verb bespeak, which commonly means to ask for in advance (as in I need to bespeak your help) or to reserve beforehand (as in You need to bespeak a table, sir). But bespeak is rarely used as a verb anymore—it sounds very outdated.
Bespoke also sounds a bit old-fashioned, but that’s probably why it became so trendy—it’s often used to imply a handcrafted, unique approach to making something. In its strictest sense, bespoke means made-to-order, but it’s often applied to things that aren’t actually made specifically for someone but that are simply made individually, as opposed to being mass-produced.
Example: I found this website yesterday that does bespoke sweatshirts that can be custom-made to my preferences and body type!
Where does bespoke come from?
The first records of the word bespoke come from the mid-1700s. The verb bespeak is recorded earlier, before 900. It comes from the Old English besprecan. It’s formed from the verb speak and and the prefix be-, which is used to form verbs.
The word bespoke technically describes something that’s been ordered to be one of a kind. The word is traditionally associated with custom-made clothing. Bespoke tailors measure a person and make a bespoke garment specifically to fit that person. (In fact, the term tailor-made is a synonym for bespoke that can be used generally to describe anything custom-made). The word is still often used this way to describe items that are made-to-order, such as bespoke jewelry, bespoke shoes, or bespoke websites.
However, bespoke is often simply applied to products to make them sound more unique. It has become a marketing buzzword similar to words like vintage, artisanal, curated, and craft (as in craft beer and craft cocktails). So beware what’s being sold as bespoke!
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What are some other forms of bespoke?
- bespeak (verb)
What are some synonyms for bespoke?
What are some words that share a root or word element with bespoke?
What are some words that often get used in discussing bespoke?
How is bespoke used in real life?
Bespoke is a synonym for custom-made, but it’s often used to mean “individually made.” Bespoke is very trendy, so it’s often considered a buzzword.
Can anyone recommend a London based bespoke jewellery designer that does very minimal, designs in silver?
— Danielle (@VanierDanielle) May 11, 2020
Paul Munday has over 20 years of experience of Savile Row bespoke tailoring. He has been a partner and director in Meyer & Mortimer since 1994. Read more about Mr Munday here:https://t.co/E1n8ZDm6RV#savilerow #bespoke pic.twitter.com/6bOxgUiLTv
— Meyer & Mortimer (@meyer_mortimer) May 12, 2020
The plan for Penang was to eat (and drink) my way through the city and it got off to a roaring start. We’ve drank through the menu at this bar we stumbled on and they are now making bespoke cocktails for us. pic.twitter.com/33AcPFE6BK
— Dame Jayla Peperempe (@Miss_Jayla) August 6, 2019
Try using bespoke!
Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of bespoke?
Example sentences 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