ready-made

[ red-ee-meyd ]
/ ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd /

adjective

made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order: a ready-made coat.
made for immediate use.
unoriginal; conventional.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ready,
  2. ready money,
  3. ready reckoner,
  4. ready room,
  5. ready, willing, and able,
  6. ready-mix,
  7. ready-to-wear,
  8. ready-witted,
  9. readymade,
  10. reaffirm

Origin of ready-made

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

readymade

or read·y-made

[ red-ee-meyd ]
/ ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd /

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ready-made

ready-made

adjective

made for purchase and immediate use by any customera ready-made jacket
extremely convenient or ideally suiteda ready-made solution
unoriginal or conventionalready-made phrases

noun

a ready-made article, esp a garment
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