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Origin of tailor-made
Words nearby tailor-made
What does tailor-made mean?
Tailor-made means made to fit the needs or specifications of a particular situation, object, or person—or seeming as though it was made that way.
In its most literal sense, tailor-made is used to describe a piece of clothing made by a tailor, especially a suit. A tailor-made garment like this is made specifically to the measurements of the person that it’s for so that it fits them perfectly. This means that it’s one of a kind, as opposed to clothes that are produced in general sizes (often described as ready-to-wear or off-the-rack).
But describing something as tailor-made doesn’t necessarily mean it was made by a tailor. Things other than clothing can be tailor-made. In many cases, it’s simply another way of saying it was custom-made—made to unique specifications.
Sometimes, the term is used to describe something as seemingly a perfect fit for a person or a situation, even though that thing has not been made specifically for them or even made at all, as in Today’s weather is tailor-made for this hike.
Tailor-made can also be used as the past tense of the verb tailor-make, meaning to make in a way that fits a specific situation, as in They didn’t have the replacement part I needed, so I tailor-made one.
Less commonly, tailor-made can be used as a noun referring to a tailor-made item, as in Here is my collection of tailor-mades.
Example: Each student will follow a tailor-made curriculum that’s designed to meet their individual needs.
Where does tailor-made come from?
The first records of the term tailor-made come from the 1800s. The ending -made is used in the same way in handmade (meaning “made by hand”) and machine-made (meaning “made by a machine”).
Tailors are associated with their skill in making garments that fit perfectly, and the verb tailor can mean to adjust things to fit a specific situation. If your suit is tailor-made, it should fit perfectly or exactly the way you want it to fit. Even when tailor-made is used in a more general way, it still describes things that fit perfectly, whether they fit a situation, an object, or a person.
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What are some other forms related to tailor-made?
- tailor-mades (plural)
- tailor-make (verb)
What are some synonyms for tailor-made?
What are some words that share a root or word element with tailor-made?
What are some words that often get used in discussing tailor-made?
How is tailor-made used in real life?
Tailor-made is usually used as another way of saying custom-made.
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— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) August 28, 2019
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A tailor made suit just arrived this morning from London. I ordered it a year ago, and it is beyond perfect. Sad that I have nowhere to wear it to.
When this is done, all I want to do is take a quiet evening stroll around Tokyo, dressed to the nines.
— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) April 15, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of tailor–made?
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