sartorial

adjective
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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Other Words from sartorial

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.

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There were significant visual differences among the three Soviet politicians’ wives, which pointed to their different levels of sartorial awareness. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 Today, the brand introduced the latest stroke of sartorial genius courtesy of its creative director Riccardo Tisci: A men's and women's Monogram Collection, modeled by fashion darling Gigi Hadid. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Transforms Into 4 Different Characters for Burberry's Monogram Collection," 14 May 2019 Given the theme, plenty over-the-top ensembles were to be expected, but the sheer extra-ness of it all sparked an Instagram debate in the interior design community over whether the sartorial excess has gone too far. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why Some Designers Weren't Happy About This Year's Over-the-Top Met Gala," 8 May 2019 The sartorial tribute is fitting for Porter, whose show Pose highlights ballroom culture in 1980s New York. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Slays in a Christian Siriano Tuxedo Dress on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 First ladies' sartorial choices are seldom made on the fly. Emily Heil, chicagotribune.com, "Why didn't someone stop Melania from wearing that jacket? That's not how this White House works.," 23 June 2018 That all-important sartorial flexibility is found in spades in Sorel's wedge sandal. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "The Getting-Dressed Trick That Helps Your Career," 16 Apr. 2019 Time and time again, Melania Trump's fashion choices have left us scratching our heads (or screaming at our computers) and her most recent sartorial decision is no exception. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore High Heels to Garden at the White House," 28 Aug. 2018 Members of the royal family are known for setting many a sartorial trend. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "6 Royal-Worn Perfumes That Are Fit for Non-Princesses Too," 30 Mar. 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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sartorial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sartorial

formal : of or relating to clothes

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