Definition of tailor-made in US English:



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

    ‘tailor-made suits’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Phonepha provides a service where tailor-made suits can be made to such exact specifications that creations are generally unique.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They'll add a touch of class to your new tailor-made suit, of course.’
    • ‘At work he wears tailor-made suits, smart shirts and braces.’
    • ‘He dressed in tailor-made suits and had a professional air about him.’
    • ‘For the Wake game, all Illinois fans will wear orange, even Weber, who has a tailor-made blazer of that hue.’
    • ‘That's the beauty of a tailor-made suit; you won't need to have it altered several times before it fits perfectly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now she and her husband have opened a small store on the island, providing tailor-made clothes, cloth and an ironing service.’
    • ‘He's even picked out what color tailor-made shirt he's going to wear.’
    • ‘As a commodities trader she dressed in tailor-made men's suits.’
    • ‘Last year I purchased 5 stylish tailor-made suits and all the pants have pleats.’
    • ‘My father was a gambler who wore tailor-made silk suits and Italian shoes and had his fingernails manicured once a week.’
    • ‘Fay bounced up the stairs to try on the tailor-made pink frock-coat he'd picked up that day.’
    appropriate to, suited to, befitting, congruous with, in keeping with, in character with, custom-made
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    1. 1.1 Made, adapted, or suited for a particular purpose or person.
      ‘he was tailor-made for the job’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reputed software training centres of national and international standards can bring out students whose knowledge will be tailor-made for various applications.’
      • ‘Its big advantage over mobile phones - which promise the same function - is that it is tailor-made for that purpose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A programme of therapies is tailor-made for each child.’
      • ‘This one day programme is tailor-made to provide the best practices and business insights that today's competitive markets demand.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Checking e-mail is just about tailor-made for this purpose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jill Johnson, who spearheads the award-winning programme, said each course was tailor-made to the trainees' requirements.’
      • ‘The sort of mission with massive logistics involved actually is tailor-made for the military, but it also comes with risks.’
      • ‘This course is tailor-made to help those responsible change their behaviour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The evening was exclusively tailor-made for them with games and gifts and the day-long exhaustion died down in no time.’
      • ‘Small and hard, the offensive Bulgarian midfielder relished physical battles, and so was tailor-made for Scottish football.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’



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