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


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

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 All of which is to say, few historical events were as tailor-made for the Snyder treatment as this one. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 Jan. 2022 At the end of May, the General Assembly altered state law regarding the eligibility of felons to hold municipal office in Illinois, a measure that seemed to be tailor-made for Agpawa. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 31 Dec. 2021 Finally, the challenge of a rising China seems tailor-made to unite Republicans on foreign policy while posing real risks of dividing Democrats. Noah Millman, The Week, 12 Oct. 2021 From supply chain nightmares, to the ongoing health threats of new variants like Omicron, to the challenges of finding and keeping labor, 2020 and 2021 seem to have been tailor-made to keep restaurant operators tossing and turning at night. Chris Taylor, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Each perfume has specific notes that are tailor-made to complement their respective textile. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 The story of Waitress is not tailor-made to one specific cultural experience, but rather the human experience. Michael Gioia, PEOPLE.com, 20 Dec. 2021 This is the land of clothing-optional hotels, after all (also a staple of desert culture tailor-made for staying cool). Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 The same restless energy that could frustrate fans proved tailor-made for the pandemic. oregonlive, 10 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Action There is inherently no one-size-fits-all approach to a SaaM strategy because the goal is to tailor it to a brand’s unique identity and customers. Joe Jensen, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The Colts tailor their offense around the quarterback’s strengths, and stylistically, the 29-year-old Wentz couldn’t be much more different from former Indianapolis veteran Philip Rivers, who retired at the end of the 2020 season. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2022 Rather than just reposting Like Nastya’s original YouTube videos, Jellysmack says, the company will tailor them for Facebook through multivariate testing to find the optimal audience. Todd Spangler, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 With such good reasons to play, why not tailor schools to tap into this concept? Chelsea Leah, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 This allowed the campaign to tailor its message to Trump's base as well as independent voters in the suburbs. Alice Stewart, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 Brands should ensure their employees have key talking points at their fingertips and the liberty to tailor that message within the brand standards. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Boathouse Auctions and Concierge Auctions together with Eric Althaus of Althaus Luxury Yachting and Guy Marchal of Symphony Marine are offering seafarers a chance to purchase a 394-footer and tailor it to the nth degree. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2021 This may impact both retailers that tailor to lower-income shoppers and the US economy more broadly. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021

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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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“Tailor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailor. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce tailor (audio) \

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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