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

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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

July Fourth is the time to be thinking about the backyard, so Earhart’s drink, the Strut, is tailor-made for a smokey barbecue in hot weather. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Celebrate Independence Day with the versatile Strut from Maxine’s on Shine," 3 July 2019 Utah is going to be very good next season, and after back-to-back postseason defeats at the hands of the Rockets, the Jazz’s new group seems tailor-made for playoff success. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Five Lineups to Look Forward to After NBA Free Agency," 3 July 2019 Kirubashini loved fashion and worked as a cashier at a tailor shop. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "At church, on Easter, the Sri Lanka attackers destroyed families. Now survivors must learn to live alone.," 2 July 2019 Brewed onsite in a variety of flavors and styles — Sam’s Calistoga Pilsner and Sam’s Spring Water Hazy IPA, among them — these suds are are tailor-made for afternoon sipping on the sunny deck. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Napa Valley weekend: Calistoga wining, dining and spas," 29 June 2019 But The Notebook is tailor-made for the emotional swells of early teenagehood. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019 Members of Congress have raised concerns about the contract, which critics say has been tailor-made for only one company — Amazon, a company Trump has routinely criticized. NBC News, "Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as Defense Secretary," 11 June 2019 The rookie, though, is tailor-made to lead the show. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals' offense a secret, but QB Kyler Murray knows it inside and out," 11 June 2019 Those that buy the books will be able to personalize them to their liking through Bentley's tailor-made program. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Bentley's Coffee-Table Book Costs Over $250,000 and Is Covered in Diamonds," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Their constantly forward-moving energy and tempos were tailored to the musical intent of each section, including a wonderfully unhurried pace that opened the third movement. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony unleashes joyous roar of Beethoven's Ninth," 16 June 2018 The reasoning for such a bailout would be similar to the Department of Energy proposal but narrowly tailored to help this specific company. Justin Worland, Time, "Donald Trump Is Trying to Help U.S. Coal. But These Countries Are Doing More," 17 Apr. 2018 Butt, who is known nationwide in the grocery industry as an innovator for creating private label foods, embracing technology and for building supermarkets tailored to a neighborhood, has been on the list before, but this is his highest ranking. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "H-E-B's Charles Butt earns top ranking from his employees' Glassdoor reviews," 19 June 2019 Internet users are right to be concerned about the massive amounts of information big tech companies collect, but regulatory solutions should be narrowly tailored. Jessie Maga, National Review, "A Sensible Middle Ground on Data Privacy," 19 June 2019 Roberto Calcagno of Trekking Alps can tailor a hike to a group’s abilities and desires in the off-season. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Trekking a golden ridge, bracketed by snow-covered Alps," 18 June 2019 Sarah Boisvert tailors training methods in her Santa Fe, N.M., maker lab to suit the learning styles of users studying 3-D printing, robotics and other skills. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Do You Resist New Tech at the Office?," 10 June 2019 Porter’s dress was tailored by Celestino Couture, an environmentally and socially conscious brand. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Watch Billy Porter Get Ready For The Tony Awards," 9 June 2019 Classes are tailored to the age and ability of each student emphasizing the fun of sailing. Post-tribune Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 9 June 2019

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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 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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