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

This is a job tailor-made for the people elected to represent Ohio as a whole - the legislature and Attorney General. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Gov. Mike DeWine calls Yost’s opioid lawsuit takeover plan a ‘serious mistake’," 28 Aug. 2019 Long ignored by pet costumers, guinea pigs started getting outfits tailor-made for their tiny frames a few years ago. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "PetSmart Just Revealed an Unbelievably Adorable Line of Guinea Pig Halloween Costumes," 21 Aug. 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. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jopling, meanwhile, wore a dapper suit, navy tie and light vest tailored by Huntsman. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "All About Ellie Goulding's 'Timeless and Classic' Custom Bespoke Wedding Gown," 31 Aug. 2019 The researchers are also developing a new version of the exosuit that will weigh 60 percent as much as the current model and will tailor its assistance to best fit each individual wearer’s shape and gait. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "An Innovative Robotic Exosuit Boosts Both Walking and Running," 16 Aug. 2019 The production of custom-tailored, trailer-ready, high-drama cover songs has become a cottage industry. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, "How the Cover Song Conquered Movie Trailers," 31 July 2019 This model comes with two different tubes (one for blowing and the other for vacuuming and mulching), as well as a variety of attachments to help tailor your leaf-clearing experience. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Leaf Vacuums to Make Yard Work Easy," 26 July 2019 The latter are envisioned as autonomous or semi-autonomous unmanned aircraft flying under control of the fighter pilot and custom-tailored to the mission. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "France Unveils Next-Generation Fighter Jet," 17 June 2019 Huntsville finally landing an amphitheater would be significant for live music fans here, because many touring acts specifically tailor concert production during warmer months for amphitheaters. Matt Wake, AL.com, "Is Huntsville's music landscape set for radical change?," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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