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
Recent Examples on the Web The groom wore bespoke Dior Homme, and bridesmaids, flower girls, and members of the groom's family donned custom looks by their label, Alexis. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Top Model Devon Windsor Wed Alexis Co-Founder Jonathan Barbara in a Stunning Three-Day Wedding in St. Barths," 20 Nov. 2019 The majors poured money into large, multi-year projects prone to delays and, because of their often bespoke engineering, spiraling budgets. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Brazil’s Oil Flop Is a Warning for Majors and Aramco," 6 Nov. 2019 In 15-20 years: Your beauty products will be bacterially bespoke. Zuzu Snyder, Marie Claire, "The Next 25 Years of Beauty," 10 Oct. 2019 By traditional civil-disobedience standards, the apparel of the protesters in the Capitol basement last Wednesday fell on the bespoke side. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "A Clarifying, Upending Week in the Impeachment Inquiry," 27 Oct. 2019 Custom Movement wants to democratize bespoke sneaker ownership, and Creator imagines the same for hamburger prep. Wired, "Angry Nerd: Enough With Technology That ‘Democratizes’ Things!," 22 Oct. 2019 That would subject trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. to checks unless and until a bespoke trade deal is hammered out. Washington Post, "Will Johnson’s Irish Border Plans End Brexit Impasse?," 4 Oct. 2019 The bespoke experience was a beautiful journey; from imagining the design with Edoardo to the crafting of the finished rings. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "All the Details on Princess Beatrice's Engagement Ring," 26 Sep. 2019 He and his team will be responsible for optimizing artist merch sales on the road and maximizing bespoke VIP fan experiences. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Mixhalo, CD Baby, Warner Music Artist Services, Fender & More," 20 Sep. 2019

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.

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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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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bespoke.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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