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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sartorially \ sär-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sartorially (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Chief Justice Rehnquist’s most memorable choice at the impeachment trial was sartorial. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Trump’s Impeachment Trial a Perilous Duty for Chief Justice," 14 Jan. 2020 The sartorial demands of modern society, particularly the workplace, tend to be sleek, light and fitted in direct opposition to the wardrobe requirements for winter warmth — thick, bulky, baggy. Washington Post, "Most Americans hate winter. Here’s what they’re missing.," 7 Jan. 2020 As many of us know, large event spaces tend to be overly air-conditioned; this makes his sartorial move into even more of a gentlemanly gesture to his partner. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Would Like to Know Where the Golden Globe Jason Momoa's Tank Top Deserves Is," 6 Jan. 2020 Hint: The attention to sartorial detail on the show is totally spot-on. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "These Were Vogue’s 10 Most-Read Culture Stories of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Men’s fashion going into the 2020s still looks a lot like the sartorial stuff of a century ago, minus the sneaker culture and skinny jeans. René A. Guzman,, "Happy New Year. Welcome to the new Roaring ’20s!," 1 Jan. 2020 For a fashion girl, dressing up on Halloween goes far beyond the sartorial. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "5 Classic Halloween Looks, Made Magically Modern," 25 Oct. 2019 He may be known for more timeless sartorial styles, but don’t let the suits and ties fool you: P.K. Subban always toes the line between classic and creative. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 18 July 2019 Ugly sweaters hit the mainstream sometime in the ’80s, thanks — or not — to the hapless sartorial choices of pop-culture dads like Clark Griswold. Jasmin Malik Chua, Teen Vogue, "Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Aren't Very Sustainable," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of sartorial was in 1823

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20 Jan 2020

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“Sartorial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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formal : of or relating to clothes

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