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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Meanwhile, Lady Gabriella looked absolutely stunning at her royal nuptials wearing a bespoke lace gown by Italian designer, Luisa Beccaria. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Looks Dapper at Lady Gabriella Windsor's Royal Wedding," 18 May 2019 Stunna shades and silks and furs and reptilian kicks, and wool fedoras and cashmere sweaters and velvet sweats and bespoke suits and belts, wallets, luggage made of monogrammed canvas. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Some suppliers already have bespoke arrangements with Boeing to reduce their financial exposure to the grounding. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Boeing Suppliers Seek to Manage Uncertainty as 737 MAX Remains Grounded," 29 Apr. 2019 At the moment, ECCO is charging a premium of around €100 ($120) or so on top of the price of the shoes for the bespoke sole-designing service. The Economist, "Shoemakers bring bespoke footwear to the high street," 22 May 2018 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,, "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

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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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