bespoke

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

Did you know?

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 2008 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 Ask your butcher to grind part chuck with short ribs or brisket and live your most bespoke life. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 21 June 2022 The marketing, the approach has to be very bespoke. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 For a retreat in Bellport, New York, designer Aamir Khandwala enlisted artist Shantell Martin to go wild on the kitchen wall (using her trademark Sharpie), resulting in a bespoke graphic wall treatment that's also a one-of-a-kind artwork. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2022 To avoid a costly brain drain and a stagnant, unmotivated workforce, leaders need to reconcile themselves to providing a much more flexible and bespoke approach to employee engagement. David Carry, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Frederick Chin, who serves as Chief Executive Officer for Viewpoint Collection, explains that high-end real estate in today's market requires a very bespoke approach. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, 22 May 2021 But some of our projects are directly very bespoke. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Artemis is a brilliant little dude who's big on bespoke black suits but not authority. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 June 2020 Then, stop in Flagstaff to refuel at Macy’s European Coffee House, where bespoke coffee concoctions and healthy breakfast fare are served all day long. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, 19 May 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bespoke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bespoke

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bespoke

past participle of bespeak

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best irons.

Learn More About bespoke

Time Traveler for bespoke

Time Traveler

The first known use of bespoke was in 1607

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About bespoke

Dictionary Entries Near bespoke

(be) spoiling for

bespoke

be spoken for

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bespoke

Last Updated

29 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Bespoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bespoke. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bespoke

Nglish: Translation of bespoke for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!