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 It’s some of the catchiest music Jackson created during the 1980s and comes with an industrial pop backbeat that’s tailor-made for the dance-floor and gravity-defying moves featured in the stunning video. cleveland, "100 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs of the 1980s," 12 Aug. 2020 Proponents say this allows for measures tailor-made for circumstances that differ widely. Washington Post, "As German students return to crowded classrooms, fears meet cautious optimism," 12 Aug. 2020 The Odyssey seems tailor-made to address those performance concerns. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Seeed Studio’s Odyssey is a mini-PC for big projects and small wallets," 6 Aug. 2020 Non-designers who don't have a workroom can get the same treatment from their local tailor or dry cleaner. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Designer Has a Great Hack to Get Bespoke Curtains for Less," 3 Aug. 2020 The fictional host, David Pascall — voiced by David Sidorov in an earnest NPR-esque monotone — enlists a supercomputer to help him find a murder case that's tailor-made for a podcast investigation. Emma Dibdin New York Times, Star Tribune, "Podcasts offer comedy fans laughs with Hollywood on hiatus," 2 Aug. 2020 Its broad, yet not overly long, central boulevards are almost tailor-made for parading. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Urban Design Can Make or Break Protests," 29 June 2020 The amendment seems almost tailor-made for World Wrestling Entertainment. Mike Schneider, The Denver Post, "WWE deemed “essential” amid coronavirus pandemic under Florida governor’s order," 14 Apr. 2020 Actor Bill Nighy plays a semi-retired British tailor, widower and Scrabble wiz who goes to live with his estranged grown son while continuing a years-long search for a second, older son who left home one day and never returned. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Miss Juneteenth’ and ‘Quarantine Cat Video Film Festival’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque virtual screening rooms," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reich knows exactly how to tailor the role to Burton. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Frank Reich is planning to put Trey Burton at fulcrum of Colts' offensive attack," 1 Aug. 2020 One way to do this is to use AAP's Family Media Use Plan, which offers an online tool for a family to tailor its own individual strategy and calculate how much time kids are spending consuming media content. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Physicians group calls for legislation to regulate digital advertising and its effect on kids," 23 June 2020 By the 1970s, high-risk groups were being urged to get flu shots—so the government immediately sought to tailor the vaccine against the Fort Dix strain, hoping 80 percent of the population would take it. Roxanne Khamsi, National Geographic, "Here’s how we’ll know when a COVID-19 vaccine is ready," 30 June 2020 Artisans of Leisure, Black Tomato, and its peers are able to tailor trips to almost any interest. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Tour Operators," 8 July 2020 This government money is distributed at a local level and how each individual province, city and town end poverty is mostly left up to the officials — a tactic which Xi said was designed to tailor policies to specific areas. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Ending poverty in 2020 was going to be Xi's crowning achievement. Coronavirus might have ruined it," 1 July 2020 And then each state can … tailor it to what fits them. Helen Branswell, STAT, "U.S. could see 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, Fauci says," 30 June 2020 Knowing what genes affect how the virus transmits enables public health officials to tailor their efforts to contain it. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.," 29 June 2020 The 104-page guidance document lays out a number of requirements, but during a briefing with reporters, Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet stressed that districts will have flexibility to tailor the reopening to fit their needs. USA TODAY, "Jobbie Nooner, blowback at bars, fake mask exemptions: News from around our 50 states," 29 June 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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15 Aug 2020

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“Tailor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailor. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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