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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Definitions for bespoke

  1. Made to individual order; custom-made.
  2. Of the making or selling such clothes.
  3. (Archaic:) Engaged to be married; spoken for.

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Citations for bespoke
Because of this, he could barely read, and his writing - a bespoke system of hieroglyphics legible only to him - as good as determined his job on the factory line. Helen Walsh, Once upon a time in England
Other efforts to commandeer cell signalling have tended to be "one-offs of bespoke engineering", he says, whereas Smolke's circuit can be used to tap into a wide range of biological pathways in different types of cells. Ewen Callaway, "Bespoke genetic circuits rewire human cells," Nature.com, November, 2010.
Origin of bespoke
1745-1755
Bespoke is an artifact of the archaic English verb bespeak, "to arrange beforehand."