be·​spoke bi-ˈspōk How to pronounce bespoke (audio)
variants or less commonly bespoken
: custom-made
a bespoke suit
: dealing in or producing custom-made articles
a bespoke tailor
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. Bespoke has enjoyed a spike in usage in recent years, perhaps due to consumer trends that champion all things artisanal over those that are prefab.

Examples of bespoke in a Sentence

a wealthy man who can easily afford bespoke suits
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Word History


past participle of bespeak

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bespoke was in 1607


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“Bespoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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