1 of 2


: made beforehand especially for general sale
ready-made suits
: lacking originality or individuality
: readily available
her illness provided a ready-made excuse


2 of 2


: something (such as a garment) that is ready-made
usually readymade [French ready-made, from English] : a commonplace artifact (such as a comb or ice tongs) selected and shown as a work of art

Examples of ready-made in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ready-made was in the 15th century

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“Ready-made.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: made beforehand for immediate use
ready-made clothes


2 of 2 noun
: something that is ready-made

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