sartorial

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sartorial

sartorially \ sär-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Did You Know?

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

Now, that strict sartorial code has given way to situational dressing. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dressing for Deals, Wall Street Bankers Face Fashion Pitfalls," 12 Jan. 2019 So naturally, the designers showed their own version of the men's shorts suit that caused a sartorial stir this season, thanks to LeBron James and his NBA Cavaliers team. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wolk Morais Taps Into Midcentury California Cool For Runway Show," 27 June 2018 Mary is hardly the first royal to take sartorial inspiration from Kennedy, who is widely regarded to be one of America's most fashionable first ladies. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Just Channeled Jackie Kennedy in a Pink Pillbox Hat," 7 Dec. 2018 One in particular sartorial choice that caught our eye, though? Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Including Jughead's dark suit, which may be hiding a sinister message.," 26 Oct. 2018 Though if Swae Lee's Instagram is anything to go by, then cowboys might be the new go-to sartorial spirit guides for rappers. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Swae Lee Goes Full On Hip Hop Cowboy," 4 Dec. 2018 Saturday's sartorial moment is not the first time Hailey has worn her new last name since making her marital status Insta-official earlier this month. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Wore Matching Jerseys at a Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game," 25 Nov. 2018 Kate Middleton is well schooled in the art of sartorial diplomacy. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Will Kate Middleton Join Other Women in Wearing Black for Time's Up at British Film Awards?," 9 Feb. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex is no stranger to sartorial diplomacy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore Fijian Blue for Her First State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sartorial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sartorial

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sartorial

Medieval Latin sartor

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sartorial

Listen to Our Podcast about sartorial

Dictionary Entries near sartorial

Sart

sartain

Sarthe

sartorial

sartorite

sartorius

Sartre

Statistics for sartorial

Last Updated

20 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sartorial

The first known use of sartorial was in 1823

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sartorial

sartorial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sartorial

formal : of or relating to clothes

More from Merriam-Webster on sartorial

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sartorial

Comments on sartorial

What made you want to look up sartorial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!