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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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 The fashion designer’s first museum show highlights his sartorial follies, fantasies and phantasmagoria. WSJ, "‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ Review: Beyond Couture," 18 Mar. 2019 The Bronx and Queens representative's sartorial statement was just one of many made at the 116th Congress swearing-in ceremony yesterday. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Swearing-In Outfit Was a Nod to Suffragettes and Bronx Girls," 4 Jan. 2019 But this season, why not extend the sartorial statement to your fingertips, too? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 Head-Turning Party Manicures for Closing the Year With a Bang," 19 Dec. 2018 The sartorial choice was a hat tip to the suffragette movement, signaling that members of the Congress will continue to fight to advance women's rights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Photo of Nancy Pelosi Clapping for Donald Trump Is a Whole Mood and Then Some," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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