Definition of made to order in English:

made to order

adjective

  • 1Specially made according to a customer's specifications.

    ‘one-off items, made to order’
    attributive ‘made-to-order lemon and apricot soufflés’
    • ‘The surfacing of the second tool of this type rebuts the earlier suggestion that the tool was special and made-to-order.’
    • ‘While the retail garment business is still unfavorable, made-to-order products, usually glamorous evening dresses, are a good source of income.’
    • ‘Brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride can either purchase outfits made-to-order, buy off the rack or hire from the store.’
    • ‘The electronic network can also be used to ensure the delivery of fresh flowers or made-to-order lunch boxes.’
    • ‘We create each made-to-order dish fresh and put every ounce of our considerable skill and knowledge to work to make you the best meal possible.’
    • ‘Using a combination of infrared and sonar technology, the made-to-order £10, 500 automaton will be able to detect the presence of people venturing into the aquarium's entrance lobby, on the south bank of the Thames.’
    • ‘Such couples often go for made-to-order cards with expensive custom logos and photographs to put a personal stamp on the invitations.’
    • ‘So petro-chemicals are added to produce a made-to-order range of light pink to red coloring.’
    • ‘Mealtime Your Pines Lodge package includes a free breakfast daily at the property's Grouse Mountain Grill - a hearty spread of made-to-order omelets, homemade sausages, fluffy biscuits, oatmeal, fresh fruit and yogurt.’
    • ‘Now he produces toothsome truffles, made-to-order creations such as a chocolate lorry for a 60-year-old juggernaut driver, from his aromatic premises Monk Bar Chocolatiers in Goodramgate, York.’
    • ‘We initially produced made-to-order items for our buyers, who came directly to our workshop here.’
    • ‘The instruments were insured but now we have no instruments to play and we are talking about waiting months rather than weeks as they are made-to-order.’
    • ‘Over the years, Superquinn has worked with exclusive suppliers to create a range of ‘destination products’ dear to Irish palates, including a custom-designed potato and made-to-order sausages.’
    • ‘We believe that we can corner a niche market by supplying individual, made-to-order iron work at a low cost to people across the North West and, eventually, the UK.’
    • ‘Most of her pieces are made-to-order with a wee bit of the customer's taste incorporated into her basic design.’
    • ‘In more recent years they are wearing real steel armour, which can cost thousands of pounds for a made-to-order complete set, and costumes made from pure wool and linen and generally hand-stitched.’
    • ‘Whether you're looking for seafood, Angus beef, made-to-order pasta or traditional breakfast fare, you won't leave hungry.’
    • ‘In 1907, when an inner-city train ticket cost between three and five sen, a made-to-order suit required an average of twenty to twenty-five yen.’
    • ‘An expert at balloon sculpture was a big hit with the kids who wanted made-to-order balloons that resembled animals and birds.’
    • ‘Companies are approaching this new world with caution, and with good reason: The Web can find plenty of customers for made-to-order products, but retooling a factory to spit out thousands of faultless variations on a theme is no easy job.’
    1. 1.1figurative Ideally suited to certain requirements.
      ‘a formalism seemingly made to order for the problem at hand’
      • ‘These are the days when our traditional music is tailored in a made-to-order fashion and sold like packed commodities.’
      • ‘They are made-to-order for city roads and second only to buses in popularity.’
      • ‘That was not, needless to say, a slogan made-to-order for bumper stickers.’
      • ‘Simply put, when you've got an original production that appears made-to-order for its leads, Nathan Lane, as Bialystock and Matthew Broderick, as Bloom, what do you do when they're no longer available?’
      • ‘I mention it because, in the realm of watercolor, American painters use this made-to-order gray excessively and obsessively.’
      • ‘One could look at the scenario and see another exercise in made-to-order threatmongering.’
      • ‘It's a made-to-order solution to the problem of decoherence and errors.’
      • ‘The made-to-order infants, from different families, were screened and selected when they were still embryos to make sure they would be compatible donors.’
      • ‘How can anyone talk of misery on a made-to-order day like this?’
      • ‘It's also a self-fulfilling prophecy; TV manufacturing made-to-order stars, driving the ratings turbines, without the creative and commercial risks associated with genuine art.’
      • ‘Electric vehicles seem made-to-order for cities such as Bangalore with more cars than the roads can cope with.’

Pronunciation

made to order