[adjective tey-ler-meyd; noun tey-ler-meyd, -meyd]
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  1. tailored.
  2. custom-made; made-to-order; made-to-measure: an expensive tailor-made suit.
  3. fashioned to a particular taste, purpose, demand, etc.: a musical comedy tailor-made for the popular audience.
  1. something, as a garment, that is tailor-made.

Origin of tailor-made

First recorded in 1825–35


verb (used with object), tai·lor-made, tai·lor-mak·ing.
  1. to make or adjust to meet the needs of the particular situation, individual, object, etc.: to tailor-make a tour.

Origin of tailor-make

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for tailor-made

Contemporary Examples of tailor-made

Historical Examples of tailor-made

  • Brown braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • She was simply dressed in a tailor-made gown of white serge.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Everett, I'll wear my tailor-made dress this morning and for lunch.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson

  • Sadie had chattered about tailor-made dresses and Parisian chiffons.

    A Desert Drama

    A. Conan Doyle

  • Quickly she ran up-stairs and took off her tailor-made costume.

    The White Shield

    Myrtle Reed

British Dictionary definitions for tailor-made


  1. made by a tailor to fit exactlya tailor-made suit
  2. perfectly meeting a particular purposea girl tailor-made for him
  1. a tailor-made garment
  2. slang a cigarette made in a factory rather than rolled by hand
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