Definition of tailor in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since Christmas, I've taken four pairs of trousers to a tailor, paying £8 each time to have them taken up an inch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of Federation King Street.’
    • ‘In order for to find out if a suit jacket was sewn or glued, simply ask your tailor or the salesman you're consulting.’
    • ‘Chances are your tailor has made thousands of suits and he knows what he's doing, nevertheless, ask questions and provide feedback.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rudolf wore a nice suit from a fine tailor in town, and Marlene donned a very flappery-looking dress.’
    • ‘Stars and celebrities are stepping out in clothes made by a tailor who does all his work from a garden shed in Doncaster.’
    • ‘Dressmakers and tailors displayed their best works and clothing in their windows.’
    • ‘There being no sewing machines to speed the assembly of clothes, tailors and seamstresses were economical with their stitches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now I have the tailor make the family clothes in the same colour I have chosen for the bath towels.’
    • ‘While custom tailors sold individually fitted suits and other personalized apparel, they increasingly rationalized the production process in order to reduce basic costs.’
    • ‘Buying materials and requesting a tailor to make clothes of your own choice has proved to be cheaper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are also lower-end custom tailors whose ads I see in the Times, and they have various deals in the $1,000 range.’
    outfitter, dressmaker, garment-maker, couturier, fashion designer
    clothier, costumier, seamstress
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  • 2

    another term for bluefish
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If up early you can pick up the odd tailor or bream off the beaches or headlands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Byron area has quietened off a tad but tailor are still around along with bream and dart.’
    • ‘Winter fishing is good now and last week-end there were many encouraging reports of tailor, jew, bream, flathead and blackfish.’
    • ‘Some current limits for fish such as tailor, herring and mullet will not change.’
    • ‘To get a last go at the tailor a number of anglers took off to Fraser Island.’
    • ‘Lennox Head and Seven Mile have reports of whiting, bream, tailor and jew.’
    • ‘One other angler I've spoken to had a good catch of greenback tailor, also from the South Wall.’
    • ‘Anzac Day should see the early signs of the winter fish - bream, blackfish and tailor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bream and the odd tailor have been along the beaches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Good tailor and bream numbers are being reported between Brunswick and Tweed Heads.’
    • ‘The moderately rough seas and the discoloured water certainly made the conditions ideal and several mixed catches of tailor, bream and jewfish were taken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I guess the fish will never be like the old days when catches of bream and tailor numbered into the hundreds.’


  • 1(of a tailor) make (clothes) to fit individual customers.

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

    ‘arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements’
    • ‘Moreover, in some cases regulation is not even intended to further the public interest, being tailored to the needs of particular constituencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The authors report that once a diagnosis of problem drinking or alcoholism is established, a treatment plan can be tailored to the situation.’
    • ‘Then it is possible to devise a special slimming plan perfectly tailored to your personal situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He must learn programming scripts that allow a generic program to be tailored to a specific purpose.’
    • ‘They will then work with you to design an individual treatment plan that is tailored to your unique circumstances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plans must be tailored to your business' goals, management style, size, resources and location.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As each region is different, the short-term plan has been tailored to their requirements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A security plan needs to be tailored to a specific building and the organizations within it.’
    • ‘In addition, an architect may spend many hours developing a design that is expressly tailored to both your needs and your building site.’
    customize, adapt, adjust, modify, change, convert, alter, attune, fashion, style, mould, gear, fit, cut, trim, suit, shape, reshape, tune
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French taillour, literally cutter, based on late Latin taliare to cut. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.