be·​spoke | \bi-ˈspōk, bē-\
variants: or less commonly bespoken \ bi-​ˈspō-​kən , 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

This week, Bugdaycay is making the experience a lot more personal by introducing a fully bespoke service, available exclusively in her Lispenard Street shop. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Foundrae’s New Bespoke Jewelry Allows You to Create Your Own Story With Enamel, Symbols, and Gemstones," 6 Nov. 2018 But its bespoke solutions for clients take lots of time to develop, running up hefty bills for consulting hours. The Economist, "AI providers will increasingly compete with management consultancies," 28 Mar. 2018 The bridesmaids and page boys wore bespoke outfits by Pepa & Co. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "See All the Photos Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Their Aunt Pippa's Wedding," 20 May 2017 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty; Chris Jackson/Getty Based between Milan and London’s Mayfair, Rich dealt with Pippa, 34, directly to get the bespoke design just right., "Here's Why Pippa Middleton's Custom Christening Dress Looked Familiar," 9 July 2018 The day began with a military celebration at Buckingham Palace before Meghan changed out of her bespoke navy Dior dress and into her ensemble for their Ireland visit. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle Has Already Rocked Two Very Different Looks Today in Ireland: See the Photos!," 11 July 2018 The Duchess began her day in a bespoke Dior little black dress that drew comparisons to her elegant white Givenchy wedding gown, due to its bateau neckline, fitted waist, and flared skirt. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours," 11 July 2018 From Brazil to Senegal via Japan and Germany, the bespoke designs are inspired by each nation’s connection to football. Georgia Murray,, "Designers From Each Country In The World Cup Have Made These Dream Tees For Fans," 28 June 2018 Wearing a bespoke dress by Carolina Herrera, the baby pink outfit, with matching hat, caught the world's attention because the Duchess looked effortlessly stunning. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Broke Royal Protocol By Wearing an Off-the-Shoulder Dress to Trooping the Colour 2018," 9 June 2018

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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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