clothing made in standard sizes; ready-made clothing.


pertaining to or dealing in such clothing: the ready-to-wear business; a ready-to-wear shop.

Origin of ready-to-wear

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ready-to-wear

built, instant, off-the-rack, prefabricated, textiles

Examples from the Web for ready-to-wear

Contemporary Examples of ready-to-wear

Historical Examples of ready-to-wear

  • He was awake to the marvelous development of the ready-to-wear business.

  • It is a little too prim and ready-to-wear for me, if you'll excuse me for saying so.

    John Wesley, Jr.

    Dan B. Brummitt

  • Mr. Secord is the new buyer of the ladies' ready-to-wear, and successor to Mr. Woodman.

  • Toward noon Kit, in a "ready-to-wear" looking costume, knocked at Clo's door.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • Some of them specialize in certain things, like ready-to-wear clothing, but most of them carry a little of everything.

British Dictionary definitions for ready-to-wear


adjective (ready to wear when postpositive)

(of clothes) not tailored for the wearer; of a standard size


an article or suit of such clothes
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