Definition of tailor-made in English:



  • 1(of clothes) made by a tailor for a particular customer.

    ‘tailor-made suits’
    • ‘Phonepha provides a service where tailor-made suits can be made to such exact specifications that creations are generally unique.’
    • ‘That's the beauty of a tailor-made suit; you won't need to have it altered several times before it fits perfectly.’
    • ‘For the Wake game, all Illinois fans will wear orange, even Weber, who has a tailor-made blazer of that hue.’
    • ‘Al wore a tailor-made suit, the best clothes he had worn in several years.’
    • ‘In all the Assemblymen, I haven't seen one sharp dresser, as they all wears very expensive, locally tailor-made suits.’
    • ‘He dressed in tailor-made suits and had a professional air about him.’
    • ‘They'll add a touch of class to your new tailor-made suit, of course.’
    • ‘He's even picked out what color tailor-made shirt he's going to wear.’
    • ‘Now she and her husband have opened a small store on the island, providing tailor-made clothes, cloth and an ironing service.’
    • ‘My father was a gambler who wore tailor-made silk suits and Italian shoes and had his fingernails manicured once a week.’
    • ‘Young's presented the Steeton youngster with a tailor-made chef's outfit - complete with hat and chequered trousers - to mark his sixth birthday.’
    • ‘Fabric is the first thing you would pick out for a tailor-made suit, so why not do the same with your ready-to-wear suit?’
    • ‘Fay bounced up the stairs to try on the tailor-made pink frock-coat he'd picked up that day.’
    • ‘Lavish silks, sparkling gems and tailor-made clothes are just some of the items available at a fraction of Irish prices.’
    • ‘Sanders was wearing one of his tailor-made outfits - mauve jumper, mauve trousers and matching mauve shoes.’
    • ‘As a commodities trader she dressed in tailor-made men's suits.’
    • ‘Some members who can be fitted with stock items, may choose to purchase fully tailor-made garments, and in these cases, the higher special measurement prices apply.’
    • ‘He's elegantly dressed in a dark-blue tailor-made suit, the hair on his balding head is neatly trimmed and his voice is deep and mellow.’
    • ‘At work he wears tailor-made suits, smart shirts and braces.’
    • ‘Last year I purchased 5 stylish tailor-made suits and all the pants have pleats.’
    appropriate to, suited to, befitting, congruous with, in keeping with, in character with, custom-made
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  • 2Made, adapted, or suited for a particular purpose or person.

    ‘he was tailor-made for the job’
    • ‘Situated in the centre of the Barony of Erris, Belmullet lies between the bays of Broadhaven to the north, and Blacksod to the south and is tailor-made for such a festival.’
    • ‘The school offers an education that is tailor-made to the needs of each pupil, enabling them to develop confidence and the skills needed to overcome whatever learning problems they may have.’
    • ‘The roles of the kindly professor and Santa Claus were tailor-made for Liam Murphy, whose avuncular presence must have been very reassuring for the children at the outset.’
    • ‘This form of exercise is tailor-made for women in particular, because it effectively works the hips, buttocks, legs, arms and stomach and burns tremendous body fat.’
    • ‘This course is tailor-made to help those responsible change their behaviour.’
    • ‘Its big advantage over mobile phones - which promise the same function - is that it is tailor-made for that purpose.’
    • ‘The weather and the soggy pitch were tailor-made for the traditional New Zealand strengths of grinding forward play, and they held the edge throughout in the front five in an unattractive encounter.’
    • ‘K.S.Mathangan, director, was looking for a face calm and composed but with full of venom inside and he was tailor-made for the role.’
    • ‘Future developments could also see new gene-based drugs being tailor-made to a person's individual DNA to make them more effective in combating disease.’
    • ‘She has claimed the best actress title at the TV Baftas on three occasions - two for her monologues in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads plays, which were tailor-made for her.’
    • ‘This one day programme is tailor-made to provide the best practices and business insights that today's competitive markets demand.’
    • ‘Reputed software training centres of national and international standards can bring out students whose knowledge will be tailor-made for various applications.’
    • ‘Checking e-mail is just about tailor-made for this purpose.’
    • ‘As someone with almost no talent for languages at all, I can testify that the program at Macalester was tailor-made for the study of Russian.’
    • ‘Training will be tailor-made to cater for the individual woman's needs and can last from a matter of days to up to six months.’
    • ‘Small and hard, the offensive Bulgarian midfielder relished physical battles, and so was tailor-made for Scottish football.’
    • ‘The evening was exclusively tailor-made for them with games and gifts and the day-long exhaustion died down in no time.’
    • ‘The sort of mission with massive logistics involved actually is tailor-made for the military, but it also comes with risks.’
    • ‘Jill Johnson, who spearheads the award-winning programme, said each course was tailor-made to the trainees' requirements.’
    • ‘A programme of therapies is tailor-made for each child.’
    suitable, fitting, appropriate, befitting, relevant, felicitous, congruous, fit, applicable, judicious, apposite, apropos, to the purpose, to the point
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  • A garment that has been specially made for a particular customer.

    ‘a lady in a red tailor-made’
    • ‘Spielberg was in shorts and Jurassic Park baseball cap as he chatted with Rupert Murdoch in a Savile Row tailor-made.’
    • ‘Tailor-mades were always described as ideal for travelling.’