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tai·​lor-made ˌtā-lər-ˈmād How to pronounce tailor-made (audio)
: made by a tailor or with a tailor's care and style
: made or fitted especially to a particular use or purpose
: factory made rather than hand-rolled
tailor-made cigarettes


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: one that is tailor-made
specifically : a woman's garment styled for a trim fit and with stiff straight lines

Examples of tailor-made in a Sentence

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That sort of on-the-job commitment required for the gig is tailor-made for Foster, a character actor known for always coming prepared, bringing his usual gravitas to the role of a loner who takes to the sea as a trusty escape route away from those complicated family dynamics. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 And the life story of a sports car visionary and his tangled family life is tailor-made for awards attention. Clayton Davis, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 Read full article Here are 10 train trips around New England tailor-made for viewing foliage. Patricia Harris and David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 This $2,950 camera, expected to launch in December, is tailor-made for flying on high-end drones and specialty industrial uses — like surveying and photogrammetry measurements. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 The depth of the crisis can be glimpsed in supermarket aisles and convenience stories, where shelves are full of pre-packaged meals catering to one, or in the streets full of tiny apartments tailor-made for single life, Raymo added. Chris Lau, CNN, 2 Sep. 2023 Danis was just tailor-made to bring out those emotions. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 The biggest threat to Barbie may be Dune: Part Two, a movie that looks tailor-made for the theatrical experience. Time, 24 Aug. 2023 The song’s aggressive message was tailor-made for Kennon, who’s shown a fondness for tough talk as Orange Beach’s mayor. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2023
However, Copenhagen's glorious waterfront district, which runs from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor, does look tailor-made for Instagram, with colorful townhouses and boats bobbing in the canals. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2023 Everything’s tailor-made to an individual existence now. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2023 While they are typically known for their over-ear headphones, the MW08 Sport is tailor-made for running and working out. John Thompson, Men's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 Curtis’ work required her to play multiple characters, including a woman with hotdogs for fingers — not a role that seems tailor-made for Oscar voters. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2023 Now, a new snack is going viral on the platform—and this one is tailor-made for anyone with a sweet tooth. Hollyanna McCollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2023 There are now subscription boxes tailor-made for your taste buds. Men's Health, 8 Mar. 2023 Raymond Bergez, project manager for FCA Online, leads the charge in developing a curriculum that both mimics a traditional classroom experience and taps into technological benefits that feel tailor-made for the virtual scenario. Dallas News, 28 Feb. 2023 Now, the home features a thoughtful combination of old and new, with a configuration that Garbiras says feels tailor-made to how her clients use the space. Kristen Flanagan, House Beautiful, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailor-made was in 1832

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“Tailor-made.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailor-made. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: made by or as if by a tailor
especially : marked by exact fit and simple style
: made or as if made to take care of a particular need

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