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tailored

[tey-lerd] /ˈteɪ lərd/
adjective
1.
(of a woman's garment) in a simple or plain style with fitted lines.
Compare dressmaker (def 2).
2.
having simple, straight lines and a neat appearance:
tailored slipcovers.
Origin of tailored
1855-1860
1855-60; tailor1 + -ed2
Related forms
semitailored, adjective
untailored, adjective
well-tailored, adjective

tailor1

[tey-ler] /ˈteɪ lər/
noun
1.
a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, especially suits, coats, and other outer garments.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make by tailor's work.
3.
to fashion or adapt to a particular taste, purpose, need, etc.:
to tailor one's actions to those of another.
4.
to fit or furnish with clothing.
5.
Chiefly U.S. Military. to make (a uniform) to order; cut (a ready-made uniform) so as to cause to fit more snugly; taper.
verb (used without object)
6.
to do the work of a tailor.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor, equivalent to taill(ier) to cut (< Late Latin tāliāre, derivative of Latin tālea a cutting, literally, heel-piece; see tally) + -or -or2
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  • And yet his dress was immaculate; he was tailored and laundered as though for an occasion of joy.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • By day she was always in tailored frocks of the strictest simplicity.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • His shirt clung to his pecs and was tailored down to his narrow waist.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Well barbered and tailored he would have presented a handsome appearance.

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • A dress hat with plumes should not be worn with a tailored suit in the morning; and yet we often see such a combination.

British Dictionary definitions for tailored

tailor

/ˈteɪlə/
noun
1.
a person who makes, repairs, or alters outer garments, esp menswear related adjective sartorial
2.
a voracious and active marine food fish, Pomatomus saltator, of Australia with scissor-like teeth
verb
3.
to cut or style (material, clothes, etc) to satisfy certain requirements
4.
(transitive) to adapt so as to make suitable for something specific: he tailored his speech to suit a younger audience
5.
(intransitive) to follow the occupation of a tailor
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman taillour, from Old French taillier to cut, from Latin tālea a cutting; related to Greek talis girl of marriageable age
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Word Origin and History for tailored

tailor

n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes," from Late Latin taliare "to split," from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff, a cutting, twig," on the notion of a piece of a plant cut for grafting.

Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, cf. slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.

Although historically the tailor is the cutter, in the trade the 'tailor' is the man who sews or makes up what the 'cutter' has shaped. [OED]
Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); originally "heavy and plain," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.

v.

1660s, from tailor (n.). Figurative sense of "to design (something) to suit needs" is attested from 1942. Related: Tailored; tailoring.

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