sar·to·ri·al | \sär-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, 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 \ 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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Take a look back at their best joint sartorial moments below. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "David and Victoria Beckham Shut Down Rumors That They're Getting a Divorce," 8 June 2018 In the immortal words of Cher Horowitz: as if! Fashion loves a (sartorial) dictator, and so naturally the industry has already started to look for a suitable heir. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Place Your Bets on the New Millennial Pink," 3 July 2018 On the other hand, the rise of sneakers as sartorial statements provides women with a way to be comfortable and chic, especially thanks to the plethora of top designers and labels who have made casual kicks a status symbol. Sari Anne Tuschman,, "Summer style: Designer sneakers continue to be a major status symbol for the fashion-minded shopper," 21 June 2018 Beyond the Royal Enclosure, each section has its own set of sartorial guidelines. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 And many stars have shared their excitement about the impactful sartorial statement, including Wonder Woman star and presenter Gal Gadot. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Gal Gadot Says the Golden Globes Red Carpet Blackout 'Looks So Beautiful'," 7 Jan. 2018 For those characters, Eyrich’s sartorial mandate meant sticking to boxy suits and wide ties along with fur stoles and chandelier diamond earrings. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 Owner Lê, a sartorial stickler, says the shorts must be dressy – no gym or athletic apparel. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: A chef surfaces in Chesco; LaBan delivers cold dessert truths," 3 July 2018 Considering Markle is a former actress, perhaps there's a chance her sartorial tribute to Vivian Ward was intentional. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had a Pretty Woman Moment at a Polo Match Over the Weekend," 2 July 2018

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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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