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  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.
  1. readymade.
  2. something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.

Origin of ready-made

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50


or read·y-made

  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 of readymade

< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ready-made

Contemporary Examples of ready-made

Historical Examples of ready-made

  • 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


  1. made for purchase and immediate use by any customera ready-made jacket
  2. extremely convenient or ideally suiteda ready-made solution
  3. unoriginal or conventionalready-made phrases
  1. a ready-made article, esp a garment
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