Origin of tailoring
- 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
Related Words for tailoringconform, fit, modify, accommodate, adapt, alter, convert, cut, reconcile, dovetail, quadrate, style, shape, fashion, square, suit, mold, custom-make, tailor-make
Examples from the Web for tailoring
Contemporary Examples of tailoring
These novices have their pick of seven branches of training: from mechanics to tailoring, electrical work to “kitchen arts.”Victims No More: Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics
June 6, 2014
“The theme for the day is you tailoring your evidence,” he added Monday.How Oscar Pistorius Went From Paralympic Golden Boy to ‘Disgusting Liar’
April 15, 2014
Tailoring warnings for the areas at greater risk would also help cut down on false alarms.Be Afraid: The Future of Tornado Warnings
May 22, 2013
Employing teams of digital strategists, teams are tailoring ads, emails, and even door knocks to a degree previously unimaginable.The Independent Rundown, October 22
October 22, 2012
She took a government loan to open a furniture business and expand her tailoring work.Rags to Riches in Mumbai
May 25, 2012
Historical Examples of tailoring
We had all to take to tailoring, sewing, mending, and cobbling.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The father of one had amassed a handsome fortune in the tailoring business.The Citizen-Soldier
And Polly declares there was never a year when the tailoring cost so little.If, Yes and Perhaps
Edward Everett Hale
This is what seems to have happened in the tailoring industry of England.Distributive Justice
John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
The movements of these creatures are as comical as their specimens of tailoring.The Book of the Aquarium and Water Cabinet
- 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.