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

And there's one more bonus to an al fresco tour: While there is no photography allowed inside the house, the grounds seem tailor-made for Instagram. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 Today, Samsung revealed a new TV tailor-made for young people: Meet the Sero, a 43-inch QLED TV that flips around 90 degrees from landscape to portrait mode. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Samsung Is Making a Vertical TV Because of Millennials," 29 Apr. 2019 Many people there have their clothing made-to-order by local tailors, so sewing skills are in high demand. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 Microsoft artificial intelligence software can predict a shopper’s age and gender, data that will help the likes of Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Kraft Heinz tailor ads to particular customer segments. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 People buzz in and out: tailors ferrying samples from the atelier downstairs, president Emilie Rubinfeld showing Gordon something on her iPhone, stylist Elin Svahn examining the run of show. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Those same expats swear by the tailors at Hoa Fashion, up by West Lake, for expert copies of dresses, tops, pants, and jackets. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 So the tailor recommended a somewhat unconventional solution: Get a bra strap extender. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The $7 Product That Makes My Too-Tight Bras Wearable," 25 Oct. 2018 Get our daily newsletter The tailors are responding to demand from a small but growing customer base. The Economist, "Tailor shops are a thriving pocket of enterprise in Pyongyang," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is actually a family of recorders, with five different models that can be tailored to various aircraft. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 Every day is different, because every experience is tailored to a unique client. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Woman Behind New York’s Most Glamorous Closets," 22 Mar. 2019 These women wore personalized designs from Roberts-Wood, which were tailored to reflect their styles, work, beliefs, and preferences. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "With Stitchless Garments Designer Katie Roberts-Wood Links Femininity to Strength," 20 Feb. 2019 And then a year after that, Google released a version of Android called Honeycomb that was tailored specifically for tablets. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 Just like police officers and firefighters, lifeguards’ shifts should be tailored to when the most people need them, Brewster said. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 Its ride-sharing platform could be used on its own or be tailored to interface with a partner, one person said. Mark Bergen And Noah Buhayar, latimes.com, "GM puts pieces in place for self-driving taxis in San Francisco," 3 July 2018 Confronted with the fact that the bill was tailored to his demands, Trump backed down from his position. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "The Art of No Deal: Why Trump doesn't want an immigration bill," 22 June 2018 These ads may be based on your current activity or your activity over time and may be tailored to your interests. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Privacy Policy," 21 June 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 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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