sartorial

adjective sar·to·ri·al \ sär-ˈtȯr-ē-əl , sər- , sə- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of sartorial

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

sartorially

play \sär-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

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Examples of sartorial in a Sentence

  1. They accused him of having poor sartorial taste.

  2. The wedding party arrived in sartorial splendor.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of sartorial

Medieval Latin sartor


SARTORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

sartorial

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Definition of sartorial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to clothes


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