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

Worried that the Pentagon’s bid seemed tailor-made for Amazon, rivals Oracle and IBM lodged formal protests last year arguing against the decision to award it to a single vendor. Matt O'brien, latimes.com, "Amazon and Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’," 10 July 2019 The elegant room is split across four levels, tailor-made for opera and ballet performances by touring global groups. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 The content pedophile hunters post on Facebook is tailor-made to flourish there. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles," 24 July 2019 Worried that the Pentagon’s bid seemed tailor-made for Amazon, rivals Oracle and IBM lodged formal protests last year arguing against the decision to award it to a single vendor. Matt O'brien, latimes.com, "Amazon and Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’," 10 July 2019 Worried that the Pentagon’s bid seemed tailor-made for Amazon, rivals Oracle and IBM lodged formal protests last year arguing against the decision to award it to a single vendor. Washington Post, "Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’," 9 July 2019 Worried that the Pentagon’s bid seemed tailor-made for Amazon, rivals Oracle and IBM lodged formal protests last year arguing against the decision to award it to a single vendor. Matt O'brien, The Denver Post, "Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s “war cloud”," 9 July 2019 Full of retro imagery and quirky scenarios, his past work seems tailor-made (no pun intended) for the attitude behind Swift's shimmering and joyful campaign for her seventh studio album Lover, set for release next month. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "'You Need to Calm Down' Co-Director Drew Kirsch on His Unlikely Path to Filmmaking," 3 July 2019 Of the major hip-hop festivals that had come before, few felt as tailor-fitted to the moment as Rolling Loud. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "The Quest for the Next Great Hip-Hop Festival," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He’s being criticized in social media for his halting manner of speaking and for refusing to tailor his words to win points. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Mueller deserves our gratitude; Our next moonshot? Saving planet Earth; Feeling unsafe on the bus; George F. Will not “right wing” (7/26/19)," 26 July 2019 That upper limit is automatically plugged into the Activ5 app and used to tailor the user’s workouts. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla fitness startup booms after Apple stocks its device in stores," 24 July 2019 The board would also be able to tailor its recommendations to the specific and sometimes changing needs of employers and workers in the industry—and thus can produce better solutions than a pure mandate would. David Madland, Fortune, "A New ‘Bill of Rights’ for Domestic Workers Will Let Them Finally Bargain Collectively," 19 July 2019 Targeted TV Advertising Is Taking Off Streaming platforms allow companies to tailor their marketing to a bigger audience and with more precision than ever. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Beyond the Confetti: The Dark Side of Startup Success," 12 July 2019 Fey also implores more people to tailor their clothes and starts a new (fake) charity organization for which France donates no money at all and Fey promises to yell about over Instagram. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Watch Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch slip back into mom jeans with Queer Eye's Tan France," 12 July 2019 Since then, the Swedish company has tried to tailor its offerings to users in different countries, especially in areas where many people are just starting to come online. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Spotify launches a 'lite' version of its app for users with slow connections," 9 July 2019 The difference in these plans may reflect a wider debate in the Democratic Party over how to tailor government programs. al.com, "Bernie Sanders: Eliminate all $1.6 trillion in student loan debt," 24 June 2019 The difference in these plans may reflect a wider debate in the Democratic Party over how to tailor government programs. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, "Sanders proposes canceling entire $1.6 trillion in US student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle," 24 June 2019

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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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tailor

noun

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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