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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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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In perfect, sartorial style, the 44-year-old ex-Spice Girl wore a classic white blazer and matching trousers of her own design (well, of course), teamed with a lace slip-style vest and black heels. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ken Paves Cut Victoria Beckham's Hair on the Way to the People's Choice Awards," 12 Nov. 2018 His power in Hollywood was also felt on the red carpet with countless iconic sartorial moments with some of the most stylish women in the world: Beyonce at the Met Gala, Cate Blanchett at the Academy Awards and Adele at the Grammys. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riccardo Tisci's Burberry is Taking Over Hollywood," 2 Nov. 2018 Fortunately, that sartorial vision has yet to materialize, but baseball has had its fair share of wardrobe malfunctions. Cesar Brioso, USA TODAY, "You're wearing that? Images of the ugliest MLB uniforms in history," 11 June 2019 In Tokyo, Berg donned a men’s kimono — a sartorial flourish included in the documentary — and walked to a hospital under the pretense of visiting the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Japan, who had just given birth. Washington Post, "The strange life and death of Moe Berg, the baseball catcher who became a spy," 7 June 2019 Today, Stockholm Fashion Week hits its full stride—and the sight of countless local stunners flitting through the city’s tree-lined streets offers a fresh reminder of the shrewd sartorial sense and all-around impossibly good genes of Swedes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "5 Swedish Beauties Who Defined the Word Bombshell," 28 Aug. 2018 She's even been profiled for her sartorial sense by The New York Times. Lauren Levinson, Marie Claire, "Meet The Handsome Butch, the Style Blogger About to Hit the Big Screen," 13 May 2014 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

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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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formal : of or relating to clothes

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