tailor

noun
tai·​lor | \ ˈtā-lər How to pronounce tailor (audio) \

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

tailor

verb
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

Verb I had my suit tailored. They tailored the show for younger audiences.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Days later, their cardiologist warned them about a deadly virus romping through Europe — a virus tailor-made to kill them. Tribune News Service, al, "Fear, sadness, loneliness: South Florida’s seniors spent most of 2020 locked away," 3 Jan. 2021 Days later, their cardiologist warned them about a deadly virus romping through Europe — a virus tailor-made to kill them. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Fear, sadness, loneliness: South Florida’s seniors spent most of 2020 locked away.," 1 Jan. 2021 Cassis-Shaw is one of the lucky few whose businesses seem somewhat tailor-made for the pandemic era. San Francisco Chronicle, "Neutral Ground is on a mission to make vintage modern — and more inclusive," 1 Jan. 2021 The McKinney Fire Department has a new ambulance in its fleet that is tailor-made for the COVID-19 era. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "McKinney’s new ambulance comes with COVID-19 fighting equipment," 17 Dec. 2020 Dallas designer Michelle Nussbaumer has stationed them everywhere from a home spa to a dressing room tailor-made for Champagne cocktails and playing dress-up. Kathryn O’shea-evans, ELLE Decor, "When You Can’t Leave the House, a Home Bar Can Be Your New Place for Cocktail Hour," 15 Dec. 2020 Another Bakk idea seemed tailor-made for a governor who's a former high school teacher in Mankato. Star Tribune, "The sorry state of 'One Minnesota' needs attention from Walz," 12 Dec. 2020 Future campaigns need to understand the differences and nuances among Latino voters to better tailor messages, especially in battleground states such as Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Georgia, Lim said. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Who is the 'Latino voter?' 2020 election showed Latino voters are diverse and vary region to region," 15 Nov. 2020 On the ground floor was a handy restaurant, a barber shop and a tailor’s shop. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Grand staircase remembered from childhood not likely at San Antonio’s business-oriented Continental hotel," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the direct aid to counties and cities allowed locals to easily tailor the money to specific needs. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's counties, cities use up federal COVID aid as needs persist," 6 Dec. 2020 Plus, take advantage of two removable shelves to customize your spacing and tailor the mini-fridge for your needs. Popular Science, "These 9 premier self-care products are on sale now," 17 Nov. 2020 The difference this year is that Republicans did the work to court these voters and tailor their message about the election around the economy and jobs. Washington Post, "Why Texas’s overwhelmingly Latino Rio Grande Valley turned toward Trump," 10 Nov. 2020 The government is installing more Communist Party officials inside private firms, starving some of credit and demanding executives tailor their businesses to achieve state goals. James Freeman, WSJ, "An Old Friendship and a Communist Crackdown," 11 Dec. 2020 The government is installing more Communist Party officials inside private firms, starving some of credit and demanding executives tailor their businesses to achieve state goals. David Meyer, Fortune, "The business community is tackling diversity with new seriousness," 11 Dec. 2020 The government is installing more Communist Party officials inside private firms, starving some of credit and demanding executives tailor their businesses to achieve state goals . . . Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Has Wall Street Veered Left?," 11 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, All of Us’s underlying motivation is still to improve personalized care — to collect and analyze data in order to tailor treatments that target our individual differences. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, "A growing number of scientists believe that the cure for disease can be found in our DNA. But that poses a unique problem for some Native Americans.," 23 Nov. 2020 Not all of that was his fault, and some should improve if the Saints can tailor the offense around his strengths and if Winston can develop more of a rapport with his cast of teammates. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Saints rewatch: A closer look at 14 Jameis Winston dropbacks, and the real Saints MVPs," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tailor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1719, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for tailor

Noun

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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The first known use of tailor was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

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“Tailor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailor. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for tailor

tailor

noun
How to pronounce tailor (audio)

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

tailor

verb

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

tailor

noun
tai·​lor | \ ˈtā-lər How to pronounce tailor (audio) \

Kids Definition of tailor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tailor

verb
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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