sar·​to·​ri·​al | \ sär-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce sartorial (audio) , sər-, sə- \

Definition of sartorial

: of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes broadly : of or relating to clothes poor sartorial taste

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Other Words from sartorial

sartorially \ sär-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sartorial (audio) \ adverb

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It's easy to uncover the root of sartorial. Just strip off the suffix -ial and you discover the Latin noun sartor, meaning "tailor" (literally, "one who patches or mends"). Sartorial splendor has been the stuff of voguish magazines for years, and even sartor itself has occasionally proven fashionable, as it did in 1843, when Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote of "coats whose memory turns the sartor pale," or in the 1870 title The Sartor, or British journal of cutting, clothing, and fashion. Sartorial has been in style with English speakers since at least 1823.

Examples of sartorial in a Sentence

They accused him of having poor sartorial taste. The wedding party arrived in sartorial splendor.
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First Known Use of sartorial

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sartorial

Medieval Latin sartor

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5 Mar 2021

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“Sartorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sartorial

formal : of or relating to clothes

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