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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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,, "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 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

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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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: of or relating to clothes

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