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

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The Duchess pulled off a full outfit change in between the two, swapping a bespoke Erdem look for a white coat and Victoria Beckham dress, topped with a stylish pillbox hat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Doesn't Have Any More Official Engagements Planned Before Her Maternity Leave," 14 Mar. 2019 But consider the following: Brown + Hudson, a tour operator that goes to extraordinary degrees to arrange entirely bespoke trips, layered with top-notch experiences. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels, Islands, and Cruises to Watch in 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 There was such a demand that a market developed for bespoke companies to make custom circuit bent instruments for musicians like Beck, REM, Men Without Hats, BT, Bloc Party, and many more. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 Joined by wife Duchess Meghan, who stunned in a bespoke Givenchy dress, Prince Harry spent Thursday evening alongside his close network of military veterans, friends made from his years championing causes that help servicemen and women. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 Getty Images On her visit to support Places2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, Kate chose to wear a lovely, spring-ready, bespoke green dress by Eponine. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Chic Lace Up Ankle Boots From LK Bennett Are On Sale," 5 Feb. 2019 Razer’s quick to add that game developers can tie HyperSense into their games in a more bespoke way. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 These days, however, there’s a world of options available for brides-to-be, from bespoke wedding dress companies to indie bridal gown designers to — gasp! — choosing not to wear a traditional wedding dress at all. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The bridal retail chain just filed for bankruptcy. It’s been in trouble for a long time.," 20 Nov. 2018 So perhaps a new bespoke headband, along with an amazing piece of jewelry from Princess Diana's collection? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's 37th Birthday Celebration Sounds Refreshingly Normal," 9 Jan. 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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