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[sahr-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /sɑrˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
of or relating to tailors or their trade:
sartorial workmanship.
of or relating to clothing or style or manner of dress:
sartorial splendor.
Anatomy. pertaining to the sartorius.
Origin of sartorial
1815-25; < Late Latin sartor tailor + -ial
Related forms
sartorially, adverb
presartorial, adjective
unsartorial, adjective
unsartorially, adverb Unabridged
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  • She was characterized, sartorially, only by that unobtrusive yet exquisite neatness whose practice some women bring to a fine art.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • He was unshaven, he was wearing the suit substituted for his own; and Florence, sartorially, was not much better off.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • sartorially at least, the company was eminently respectable.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • The Editor, too, was a considerable advance—at least sartorially—over the one I remembered.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for sartorially


of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
(anatomy) of or relating to the sartorius
Derived Forms
sartorially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin sartōrius from sartor
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Word Origin and History for sartorially



"pertaining to a tailor," 1807, from Modern Latin sartorius, from Late Latin sartor "tailor" (cf. French sartre "tailor"), literally "patcher, mender," from Latin sart-, past participle stem of sarcire "to patch, mend," from PIE root *serk- "to make whole." Earlier in English in same sense was Related: sartorian (1660s). Sartorius as the name of the long leg muscle is because it is used in crossing the legs to bring them into the position needed to sit like a tailor. Related: Sartorially.

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