[sahr-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


of or relating to tailors or their trade: sartorial workmanship.
of or relating to clothing or style or manner of dress: sartorial splendor.
Anatomy. pertaining to the sartorius.

Origin of sartorial

1815–25; < Late Latin sartor tailor + -ial
Related formssar·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpre·sar·to·ri·al, adjectiveun·sar·to·ri·al, adjectiveun·sar·to·ri·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sartorial

Historical Examples of sartorial

  • But it was not of sartorial magnificence that he was thinking.

  • Sir Christopher, even a cat, believed firmly in sartorial pulchritude.

  • Reginald has a magnificent scorn for details, other than sartorial.

  • And Mary, steely polite, enumerated my sartorial shortcomings.

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  • And here Sadler turned abruptly from art, and plunged into sartorial details.

British Dictionary definitions for sartorial



of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
anatomy of or relating to the sartorius
Derived Formssartorially, adverb

Word Origin for sartorial

C19: from Late Latin sartōrius from sartor
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Word Origin and History for sartorial

"pertaining to a tailor," 1807, from Modern Latin sartorius, from Late Latin sartor "tailor" (cf. French sartre "tailor"), literally "patcher, mender," from Latin sart-, past participle stem of sarcire "to patch, mend," from PIE root *serk- "to make whole." Earlier in English in same sense was Related: sartorian (1660s). Sartorius as the name of the long leg muscle is because it is used in crossing the legs to bring them into the position needed to sit like a tailor. Related: Sartorially.

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