Definition of tailor in English:

tailor

noun

  • 1A person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, trousers, and jackets to fit individual customers.

    • ‘Rudolf wore a nice suit from a fine tailor in town, and Marlene donned a very flappery-looking dress.’
    • ‘In order for to find out if a suit jacket was sewn or glued, simply ask your tailor or the salesman you're consulting.’
    • ‘The window will have to be fixed, which gives business to the glazier, who will use it to buy a suit, helping the tailor, and so on.’
    • ‘He lived in the Hotel Carlyle in San Francisco, bought his suits from the finest tailor in town, and kept a box at the opera.’
    • ‘While custom tailors sold individually fitted suits and other personalized apparel, they increasingly rationalized the production process in order to reduce basic costs.’
    • ‘Just before her death it is believed she took the blue uniform jacket into a tailor in Eton so that she could be fitted with a new garment.’
    • ‘Many of these tailors still exist in Shanghai, but the trend in the industry is moving towards the amalgamation of individual tailors, who combine their skills with the advantages of belonging to a big company in the modern economy.’
    • ‘Buying materials and requesting a tailor to make clothes of your own choice has proved to be cheaper.’
    • ‘Stars and celebrities are stepping out in clothes made by a tailor who does all his work from a garden shed in Doncaster.’
    • ‘Now I have the tailor make the family clothes in the same colour I have chosen for the bath towels.’
    • ‘Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of Federation King Street.’
    • ‘There are also lower-end custom tailors whose ads I see in the Times, and they have various deals in the $1,000 range.’
    • ‘I made the mistake of wearing big baggy combat trousers to the tailors and basically they have copied the style for the new trousers when I was hoping for some a little more formal.’
    • ‘Thread picked out of discarded clothes was used by tailors to patch customers' clothes or sew up stolen meal bags, cut out by the sailors, into new trousers that sold readily for $2.50 a pair.’
    • ‘Dressmakers and tailors displayed their best works and clothing in their windows.’
    • ‘Craftsmen plied their trades as cloth makers, shoemakers, tailors, carpenters, butchers and malt makers while weekly or monthly markets provided an outlet for surplus agricultural produce.’
    • ‘Chances are your tailor has made thousands of suits and he knows what he's doing, nevertheless, ask questions and provide feedback.’
    • ‘There being no sewing machines to speed the assembly of clothes, tailors and seamstresses were economical with their stitches.’
    • ‘Since Christmas, I've taken four pairs of trousers to a tailor, paying £8 each time to have them taken up an inch.’
    • ‘In your case, I'll assume that your tailor knows what he's doing and that your suits are good enough to last for more than a year.’
    outfitter, dressmaker, garment-maker, couturier, fashion designer
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  • 2

    another term for bluefish
    • ‘To get a last go at the tailor a number of anglers took off to Fraser Island.’
    • ‘Much of our traditional winter run of bream, tailor and blackfish have gone and we wait for the good whiting and flathead of the summer months.’
    • ‘The moderately rough seas and the discoloured water certainly made the conditions ideal and several mixed catches of tailor, bream and jewfish were taken.’
    • ‘I guess the fish will never be like the old days when catches of bream and tailor numbered into the hundreds.’
    • ‘Hopefully next week I will have many good reports of tailor and bream, maybe even blackfish, as the season is about to begin in earnest.’
    • ‘There are garfish, tailor and bream around the headland whereas off shore the odd snapper or dolphin fish is being picked up.’
    • ‘We often associate Easter with the start of the better tailor, bream and blackfish fishing, and indications already are that this is happening.’
    • ‘Winter fishing is good now and last week-end there were many encouraging reports of tailor, jew, bream, flathead and blackfish.’
    • ‘The white water that can be stirred up with a little wind often produces the conditions from which we can catch good tailor and jewfish.’
    • ‘It will get harder and harder to catch bass in the coming weeks, but easier to get a feed of bream, tailor, blackfish and probably less flathead and whiting.’
    • ‘Lennox Head and Seven Mile have reports of whiting, bream, tailor and jew.’
    • ‘The Byron area has quietened off a tad but tailor are still around along with bream and dart.’
    • ‘One spot that responded with some nice fish was the lagoon at Lennox Head, where there were some nice tailor and at least one good king fish taken at high tide.’
    • ‘Good tailor and bream numbers are being reported between Brunswick and Tweed Heads.’
    • ‘One other angler I've spoken to had a good catch of greenback tailor, also from the South Wall.’
    • ‘At Evans the lads are getting some muddies and sandies in the higher reaches of the river while tailor and bream are at the end of the walls.’
    • ‘Bream and the odd tailor have been along the beaches.’
    • ‘Some current limits for fish such as tailor, herring and mullet will not change.’
    • ‘If up early you can pick up the odd tailor or bream off the beaches or headlands.’
    • ‘Anzac Day should see the early signs of the winter fish - bream, blackfish and tailor.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of a tailor) make (clothes) to fit individual customers.

    ‘he was wearing a sports coat which had obviously been tailored in London’
    • ‘Reddy's clothes are tailored in Mumbai by Akbar, also famous as superstar Amitabh Bachchan's tailor.’
    • ‘Another plus; the clothes were tailored to fit us.’
    • ‘Especially when it comes to everyday clothes, there's a desire to buy clothes that have been tailored according to the latest styles and fashions.’
    • ‘Surely you can only tailor a jacket according to the size of the cloth available.’
    • ‘Since their flight suits are tailored when they join the team, maintaining their shape usually equates to eating light.’
    • ‘Some of the most elegant men in India still get their suits and trousers tailored by the best in Saville Row.’
    • ‘If I could tailor clothes, I'd make it live, but my sewing skills are rudimentary and extremely time-consuming.’
    • ‘Anyway his shirts are usually tailored so they are quite fitted.’
    • ‘Clothes were always tailored to oneself, and thus, the process was made quite lengthy.’
    • ‘The shape and size of the bras were specially tailored to accommodate the different styles of clothing in varied eras.’
    • ‘With all of her feminine assets covered, the strands went to work tailoring a belt and draped skirt before forming leather boots with soft fur collars.’
    • ‘He was immaculately groomed, and his dinner suit was tailored by a genius.’
    • ‘One can only tailor a jacket according to the piece of cloth available.’
    • ‘Kids will go mad for something like this and you can tailor the clothing to a girl or a boy.’
    • ‘These suits need to be specially tailored for each individual.’
  • 2Make or adapt for a particular purpose or person.

    ‘arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements’
    • ‘All of the dishes are individually created so that the results are always unique and can be tailored to your own particular taste - from mild and creamy sauces to super-spicy sensations.’
    • ‘Film schools are led by market forces, and are now more oriented to the idea of profit, and training is tailored to some degree to feed into the structures of television.’
    • ‘Plans must be tailored to your business' goals, management style, size, resources and location.’
    • ‘The courses are tailored to fit around school holidays and nurses taking part are guaranteed a minimum of 10 hours pay a week with additional financial assistance for childcare and travel expenses.’
    • ‘They will then work with you to design an individual treatment plan that is tailored to your unique circumstances.’
    • ‘Some of the schemes were meant for those employed in Government, education and scientific research, while others were tailored to meet the needs of the corporate sector.’
    • ‘The maintenance and operation of irrigation projects is dismal and these projects needs to be decentralized so that it could be tailored to meet the specific needs of the local farming community.’
    • ‘Moreover, in some cases regulation is not even intended to further the public interest, being tailored to the needs of particular constituencies.’
    • ‘In addition, an architect may spend many hours developing a design that is expressly tailored to both your needs and your building site.’
    • ‘Then it is possible to devise a special slimming plan perfectly tailored to your personal situation.’
    • ‘The programme is designed to deliver hands-on assistance to companies and is tailored to meet their particular needs.’
    • ‘While landscape painting is the main interest of the group, the yearly programme is tailored to the members' needs and tries to give them as varied an instructive tuition as possible.’
    • ‘Many questions need to be answered before a plan can be tailored to a facility.’
    • ‘Even the initial large-scale industrial production base in the mining sector was specifically tailored to serve the process of extractive exploitation of natural resources.’
    • ‘He must learn programming scripts that allow a generic program to be tailored to a specific purpose.’
    • ‘As each region is different, the short-term plan has been tailored to their requirements.’
    • ‘Let a professional assist you in designing a safe exercise program that has been tailored to your needs and will help you with pain management.’
    • ‘The authors report that once a diagnosis of problem drinking or alcoholism is established, a treatment plan can be tailored to the situation.’
    • ‘A security plan needs to be tailored to a specific building and the organizations within it.’
    • ‘Depending upon their circumstances, of course, the plan that they have might not be tailored to the needs of your family, but it's a good starting point.’
    customize, adapt, adjust, modify, change, convert, alter, attune, fashion, style, mould, gear, fit, cut, trim, suit, shape, reshape, tune
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French taillour, literally ‘cutter’, based on late Latin taliare ‘to cut’. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation

tailor

/ˈteɪlə/