- a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, especially suits, coats, and other outer garments.
- to make by tailor's work.
- to fashion or adapt to a particular taste, purpose, need, etc.: to tailor one's actions to those of another.
- to fit or furnish with clothing.
- Chiefly U.S. Military. to make (a uniform) to order; cut (a ready-made uniform) so as to cause to fit more snugly; taper.
- to do the work of a tailor.
Origin of tailor1
- a stroke of a bell indicating someone's death; knell.
Origin of tailor2
Related Words for tailorconform, fit, modify, accommodate, adapt, alter, dressmaker, outfitter, clothier, costumier, couturier, convert, cut, reconcile, dovetail, quadrate, style, shape, fashion, square
Examples from the Web for tailor
Contemporary Examples of tailor
One minute the script, the next a story about Ivor Novello's tailor or the Tahiti steamer schedule in the Thirties.
He had a tailor who ran up dozens of the same suit in different sizes to account for slight variations in his weight.
He looked, that dreadful afternoon, as if he had just come from his barber, tailor and haberdasher.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
We should think about mental health more like how we tailor physical training routines.Fixing Military Mental Healthcare
April 6, 2014
I also love to go to the market, mostly to buy fabrics which I then take to my tailor.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Literary Lagos
March 16, 2014
Historical Examples of tailor
Yea, like a woman, who deems a man safest when he is a tailor, or a perfumer.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hart Schaffner and Marx had not yet become rural America's tailor.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A suit of this kind should be as irreproachable in fit and finish as a tailor can make it.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He had been a tailor in his time, and had kept a phaeton, he said.Little Dorrit
- a person who makes, repairs, or alters outer garments, esp menswearRelated adjective: sartorial
- a voracious and active marine food fish, Pomatomus saltator, of Australia with scissor-like teeth
- to cut or style (material, clothes, etc) to satisfy certain requirements
- (tr) to adapt so as to make suitable for something specifiche tailored his speech to suit a younger audience
- (intr) to follow the occupation of a tailor
Word Origin for tailor
late 13c., from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes," from Late Latin taliare "to split," from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff, a cutting, twig," on the notion of a piece of a plant cut for grafting.
Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, cf. slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.
Although historically the tailor is the cutter, in the trade the 'tailor' is the man who sews or makes up what the 'cutter' has shaped. [OED]
Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); originally "heavy and plain," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.
1660s, from tailor (n.). Figurative sense of "to design (something) to suit needs" is attested from 1942. Related: Tailored; tailoring.