bespoke

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adjective be·spoke \bi-ˈspōk, bē-\
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bespoken

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\-ˈspō-kən\

Definition of bespoke

  1. 1a :  custom-made a bespoke suitb :  dealing in or producing custom-made articles a bespoke tailor

  2. 2 dialect :  engaged

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Examples of bespoke in a Sentence

  1. a wealthy man who can easily afford bespoke suits

Recent Examples of bespoke from the Web

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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 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.

Origin and Etymology of bespoke

past participle of bespeak


First Known Use: 1607

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BESPOKE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bespoke for English Language Learners

  • : made to fit a particular person; also : producing clothes that are made to fit a particular person



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