bespoke

adjective
be·​spoke | \ bi-ˈspōk How to pronounce bespoke (audio) , bē-\
variants: or less commonly bespoken \ bi-​ˈspō-​kən How to pronounce bespoken (audio) , bē-​ \

Definition of bespoke

1a : custom-made a bespoke suit
b : dealing in or producing custom-made articles a bespoke tailor
2 dialect : engaged

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In the English language of yore, the verb bespeak had various meanings, including "to speak," "to accuse," and "to complain." In the 16th century, bespeak acquired another meaning - "to order or arrange in advance." It is from that sense that we get the adjective bespoke, referring to clothes and other things that are ordered before they are made. You are most likely to encounter this adjective in British contexts, such as the recent Reuters news story about a young pig in Northern England who was fitted with "bespoke miniature footwear" (custom-made Wellington boots) to help it overcome a phobia of mud.

Examples of bespoke in a Sentence

a wealthy man who can easily afford bespoke suits

Recent Examples on the Web

Tote bags, zip pouches and cross-body bags (as well as wallets and card holders) have long been part of Esquivel's private bespoke business, but the brand is now widening distribution of utilitarian totes and pouches. Ingrid Schmidt, latimes.com, "Inside shoemaker George Esquivel's Orange County fashion lab," 27 Mar. 2018 Options like working buttonholes and contrast stitching on buttons make the clothing very customizable, if not exactly bespoke. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Is This Custom Suit Company the New Mary Kay?," 21 Jan. 2016 From bespoke customizations to digital platforms making size inclusivity a priority, a new energy for fashion—in bridal, and at every size—is on the horizon. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 The bride, now the Duchess of Sussex, wore a bespoke gown by the designer for her evening wedding reception. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney's Custom Yellow Royal Wedding Dress Is Now Available to Buy," 18 Dec. 2018 But the museum’s bespoke films are the real jewels. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Over the course of her pregnancy, the Duchess of Sussex has, in general, shied away from off-the-rack maternity clothes, instead opting for looser silhouettes from regular brands and favoring bespoke designer pieces. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle Rarely Wears True Maternity Clothes," 24 Mar. 2019 Kate, always stylish, wore a totally bespoke (and stunningly gorgeous, obviously) emerald green coat from Alexander McQueen for the occasion, complete with a matching fascinator and a large, leafy green broach. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wears Custom Alexander McQueen for St. Patrick's Day," 17 Mar. 2019 Our clients kind of come to us for these truly bespoke interiors. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "5 Interior Designers Reveal the Risks That Could've Failed Spectacularly—And How They Survived," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bespoke

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bespoke

past participle of bespeak

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bespoke

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bespoke

: made to fit a particular person also : producing clothes that are made to fit a particular person

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