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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bespoke \Be*spoke"\ (b[-e]*sp[=o]k"), imp. & p. p. of Bespeak.


Bespeak \Be*speak"\, v. t. [imp. Bespoke, Bespake (Archaic); p. p. Bespoke, Bespoken; p. pr. & vb. n. Bespeaking.] [OE. bispeken, AS. besprecan, to speak to, accuse; pref. be- + sprecan to speak. See Speak.]

  1. To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor.

    Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate.

    [They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies.

  3. To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances.

    When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little the figure of a man that it bespoke him rather a monster.

  4. To speak to; to address. [Poetic]

    He thus the queen bespoke.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"custom or custom-made, made to order," of goods, as distinguished from ready-made, 1755, the same sense found earlier in bespoken (c.1600), past participle of bespeak, in a sense of "to speak for, to arrange beforehand," a sense attested in bespeak from 1580s. Now usually of tailored suits.

  1. individually or custom made. v

  2. (context archaic English) (en-past of: bespeak)


adj. of clothing [syn: bespoken, made-to-order, tailored, tailor-made]

  1. v. be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: betoken, indicate, point, signal]

  2. express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service" [syn: request, call for, quest]

  3. [also: bespoken, bespoke]


See bespeak

Bespoke (album)

Bespoke is a studio album by American electronic music producer Daedelus. It was released on Ninja Tune in 2011.


Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

Bespoke (disambiguation)

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification.

Specific uses include:

  • Bespoke medicine, a movement to better fit treatment to the individual patient
  • Bespoke portfolio (CDO), a portfolio designed to meet the requirements of a specific investor
    • Bespoke CDO, a bespoke, synthetic CDO
  • Bespoke shoes
  • Bespoke software, software written to the specific requirement of a customer
  • Bespoke tailoring, men's clothing made to the individual measurements of the customer

Usage examples of "bespoke".

My Green Voice in attendance at his bedside bespoke the news to us just a short time ago.

Huddled deep within his fur cloak, he bespoke his weary mount and the two pack-fronials that trailed behind.

But Orogastus exerted his magical powers to steady the bridge, and bespoke the fronials in reassurance.

Orogastus bespoke his Green Voice at Ruwenda Citadel, commanding him to begin a search of the great library there, gleaning whatever knowledge of the talismans, the Living Trillium, or the Threefold Sceptre of the Vispi might be found.

Prince doubted not that she studied visions of the carnage going on in Let, and bespoke the Wyvilo that she was speeding to help them.

He returned again to his chair and, sitting, passed into a star-eyed trance and bespoke his single remaining acolyte at Ruwenda Citadel.

But my Wyvilo friends also bespoke the Vispi, the aborigines of the high mountains.

But I myself bespoke the Vispi, imparting to them certain homely secrets that only members of the royal family know, and at last Uncle Palundo was convinced.

Her armor could hide neither her prettiness nor the form that bespoke her sex.

Gellor left off the runs and rills, playing instead a melody and singing a ballad that bespoke the comradery and gladness of a forest camp at the coming of night.

Reason returned when he saw a stick-thin elfin robes that bespoke magic staring upward at him sometime later.

That it moved heedless of any opposition bespoke its size and the power of those who commanded the host.

But his figure was no longer that which bespoke the magician, and which Edwin had already seen.

His saturnine countenance bespoke ill-concealed rage, his dark eyes smoldered, his right hand continually clenched and unclenched and the knuckles of his left hand gleamed white on his swordhilt.

Tyrolese seemed convinced, though reluctantly, and agreed to advance the necessary sum upon the bond and judgment of our adventurer, who, being disabled from transacting his own affairs in person, was obliged to intrust Ratchcali with his keys, papers, and power of attorney, under the check and inspection of his faithful Maurice and the solicitor, whose fidelity he bespoke with the promise of an ample recompense.