sar·​to·​ri·​al sär-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce sartorial (audio)
: of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes
broadly : of or relating to clothes
poor sartorial taste
sartorially adverb

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It's easy to uncover the root of sartorial. Just strip off the suffix -ial and you discover the Latin noun sartor, meaning "tailor" (literally, "one who patches or mends"). Sartorial splendor has been the stuff of voguish magazines for years, and even sartor itself has occasionally proven fashionable, as it did in 1843, when Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote of "coats whose memory turns the sartor pale," or in the 1870 title The Sartor, or British journal of cutting, clothing, and fashion. Sartorial has been in style with English speakers since at least 1823.

Example Sentences

They accused him of having poor sartorial taste. The wedding party arrived in sartorial splendor.
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Word History


Medieval Latin sartor

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sartorial was in 1823


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Cite this Entry

“Sartorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sar·​to·​ri·​al sär-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce sartorial (audio)
: of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes
sartorially adverb
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