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tailor

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[ tey-ler ]
/ ˈteɪ lər /
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noun

a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, especially suits, coats, and other outer garments.

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to do the work of a tailor.

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Origin of tailor

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1250–1300; Middle English (noun) <Anglo-French tailour,Old French tailleor, equivalent to taill(ier) to cut (<Late Latin tāliāre, derivative of Latin tālea a cutting, literally, heel-piece; see tally) + -or-or2

Definition for tailor (2 of 2)

tailor2
[ tey-ler ]
/ ˈteɪ lər /

noun British Dialect.

a stroke of a bell indicating someone's death; knell.

Origin of tailor

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Alteration by folk etymology of teller
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British Dictionary definitions for tailor

tailor
/ (ˈteɪlə) /

noun

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

verb

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
C13: from Anglo-Norman taillour, from Old French taillier to cut, from Latin tālea a cutting; related to Greek talis girl of marriageable age
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