cus·​tom-made ˈkə-stə(m)-ˈmād How to pronounce custom-made (audio)
: made to individual specifications
custom-made clothing

Examples of custom-made in a Sentence

an odd-sized window that will require the purchase of custom-made curtains
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly all the women characters wear oodles of flashy movie jewelry, some of which is clearly costly and vintage, or custom-made, though there are also lots of earrings that might have come off the two-for-$15 earring rack at Claire’s. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 16 May 2024 Of course, things like full pearl jeans that are touching the floor are custom-made. Ruth Etiesit Samuel, Essence, 15 May 2024 The dazzling rocks were custom-made by Alison Lou, the high-end jeweler who designed her engagement ring, Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Individuality and personalization are at the heart of the brand: The signature Anatolia bag can be custom-made in 12 different shades, with more than 80 possible stitching colors and the option of monogramming. Sevil Delin, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Standing on the court, Webster holds a gift from Nate: a racket custom-made by Naomi Osaka that matches Webster’s Nikes, also designed by the tennis star (the shoes feature Osaka’s favorite snacks). Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2024 But, of course, people did look at the back of the dress that had been custom-made for Stone, one of the brand’s ambassadors. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 In desperation, some have turned to versions of the drug that are custom-made by compounding pharmacies with little oversight, despite the FDA expressing concerns about them. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 The property is thoughtfully curated with antique and custom-made furniture by Wildland’s head of design, Ruth Kramer, who works closely with Wildland’s owners, Anne and Anders Holch Povlsen. Sarah Wood, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of custom-made was in 1819

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“Custom-made.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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: made for a specific customer
custom-made clothing

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