tai·​lor | \ ˈtā-lər \

Definition of tailor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose occupation is making or altering garments (such as suits, jackets, and dresses) typically to fit a particular person


tailored; tailoring; tailors

Definition of tailor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make or fashion as the work of a tailor
b : to make or adapt to suit a special need or purpose
2 : to fit with clothes
3 : to style with trim straight lines and finished handwork

intransitive verb

: to do the work of a tailor

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Examples of tailor in a Sentence


I had my suit tailored. They tailored the show for younger audiences.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile Mott, who started out in Hollywood working in the fabled William Morris Agency mailroom, nimbly choreographs all the updating, resulting in a breezy, cute-and-clever confection that’s tailor-made for a sultry midsummer’s night. Michael Rechtshaffen, latimes.com, "Review: Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' charmingly recast in La La land," 12 July 2018 The conversations around pro basketball are consistently more entertaining than anything else in sports, and they are tailor-made for the internet. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The NBA is Broken, But Not Because of DeMarcus Cousins," 5 July 2018 This planetary placement was tailor-made for this time of year. refinery29.com, "What Venus Has In Store For Your Summer Love Life," 11 June 2018 Morris is a kind of extremely online election watcher tailor-made for a year when Democrats are looking for a blue wave. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a 21-year-old college senior became the breakout star of 2018 election forecasting," 1 June 2018 Betsy Jochum’s 1940s baseball tunic was tailor-made for the American woman’s transition from the decorative to the active. Andrea Modica, Smithsonian, "Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women’s Baseball Players Took the Field," 23 May 2018 Creator Martin Handford’s incredibly detailed, colorful drawings, full of goofy visual gags, were tailor-made for drawing in young fans. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Google Maps’ Newest Feature: Helping You Find Waldo," 31 Mar. 2018 His suits were tailor-made, but his sleeves were often casually rolled up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "I'm a 51-Year-Old Cougar Baby and I Fell for My Sugar Daddy," 29 July 2017 Basically, these items seem tailor-made for the people in your life who may already read a site like Ars Technica. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Screens can broadcast a variety of advertising on the side of a single bus stop, meaning advertisers can try multiple campaigns or tailor their ads to specific events. Rani Molla, Recode, "Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world," 25 Sep. 2018 Thompson said the company must build its stage from scratch each year, and each stage is tailored to the production. Janene Holzberg, Howard County Times, "Shakespeare coming to the aid of Ellicott City in pair of benefit performances," 8 June 2018 Rules could vary by age Some foster parents have suggested the rules could be tailored to the age of the child in foster care. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Republic | azcentral.com, "Should the Second Amendment trump foster-home safety rules?," 22 Apr. 2018 The phishers also dedicated more than 20 separate Internet domains to better tailor their targets’ use of email services on computers and phones. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail," 13 Dec. 2018 And Greg himself is written completely straightforwardly, with no visible tweaking of the character to tailor the role to its new actor. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pulled off recasting Greg, one of its biggest characters," 12 Dec. 2018 Every man should have a few of Love’s well-tailored and versatile go-to’s in his closet. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 McKeever, one of Zoetic’s founders, was in that production alongside actors whose roles were custom-tailored to their considerable talents. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "‘Clark Gable Slept Here’ still hilarious second time around | Miami Herald," 6 Feb. 2018 So a line of that same beloved bedding tailored to little ones? Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Cult-Favorite Bedding Company Brooklinen Just Launched A Kids’ Line," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of tailor


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1719, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for tailor


Middle English taillour, from Anglo-French taillur, from tailler, taillier to cut, from Late Latin taliare, from Latin talea plant cutting, thin piece of wood

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English Language Learners Definition of tailor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who makes men's clothes (such as suits and jackets) that are measured to fit a particular person



English Language Learners Definition of tailor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (clothing that is measured to fit a particular person)

: to make or change (something) so that it meets a special need or purpose


tai·​lor | \ ˈtā-lər \

Kids Definition of tailor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose business is making or making adjustments in clothes


tailored; tailoring

Kids Definition of tailor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or make adjustments in (clothes)
2 : to change to fit a special need They tailored their plans to suit the weather.

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