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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He had been stripped and measured, and two tailors were now working on the clothes.
▪ His father was a tailor in Como, and young Antonio made his first fabric design at age 12.
▪ Kirov the tailor put a last quick tuck in position and stepped back to appraise his workmanship.
▪ The force's tailor in Brussels is refusing to provide uniforms until his bill is settled.
▪ They became weavers, or tailors, or wool merchants.
▪ Instruction Instruction is informal and tailored to individual needs.
▪ Some people want selling tailored to their needs and wants.
▪ The addition of the care plan will enable service agreements to be tailored to meet the needs of the individual user.
▪ He was a gunsmith who turned to tailoring after the declining need for full-time gunmakers made the craft unprofitable.
▪ In other words the indexing system must be tailored to the needs of the users of the index.
▪ Instruction Coaching is informal and tailored to individual needs, though novice instruction may be interrupted occasionally by stronger winds.
▪ The result: a whole range of new alloys, tailored to meet new needs.
▪ It can be tailored specifically to the needs of the child and parents and its design can vary widely.
▪ It should be tailored to the specific requirements of each engagement.
▪ Arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements.
▪ Central units did not commonly tailor courses to library requirements, although this is not necessarily a disadvantage.
▪ Both services can be tailored to customer requirements, according to the company.
▪ This offering will enable customers to extend and tailor their systems to meet unique requirements.
▪ This stage of the manufacturing process involved tailoring complex systems to customer specifications, testing, order consolidation and shipping.
▪ Aware that women outnumber men on voter lists, politicians from both parties are tailoring their campaigns accordingly.
▪ Children tend to tailor their behaviour to the particular places in which, and different persons with whom, they find themselves.
▪ It does not generally support dragging-and-dropping files on to other applications nor can its drag-and-drop be tailored.
▪ Some are comprehensive and cover short-term exports on a continuous basis, others are tailored for specific contracts.
▪ The length of your step should be tailored according to the distance you are away from your opponent.
▪ There will be times when you may want to tailor your style of play to fight particular opponents.
▪ They employ several drugs, each tailored to disrupt the virus at different stages in its replication process.
▪ This questioning procedure allows the salesperson to tailor the speed and content of his presentation to the circumstances which face him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Silversides \Sil"ver*sides`\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small fishes of the family Atherinid[ae], having a silvery stripe along each side of the body. The common species of the American coast ( Menidia notata) is very abundant. Called also silverside, sand smelt, friar, tailor, and tinker.

Brook silversides (Zo["o]l.), a small fresh-water North American fish ( Labadesthes sicculus) related to the marine silversides.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


c.1300, from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," also "stone-mason" (13c., Modern French tailleur), literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Late Latin or old Medieval Latin taliare "to split" (compare Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes"), from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff; a cutting, twig."\n\nAlthough historically the tailor is the cutter, in the trade the 'tailor' is the man who sews or makes up what the 'cutter' has shaped.


\nThe post-Latin sense development would be "piece of a plant cut for grafting," hence a verb, "cut a shoot," then, generally, "to cut." Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, compare slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.\n\nKent. ... You cowardly rascal, nature disclaims in thee; a tailor made thee.\n
Corn. Thou art a strange fellow: a tailor make a man?\n
Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir: a stone cutter, or a painter, could not have made him so ill, though they had been but two hours at the trade.\n

["King Lear"]

\nOne who makes outer garments to order, as opposed to a clothier, who makes them for sale ready-made. Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); literal sense was "heavy and plain, with attention to exact fit and with little ornamentation," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.

n. 1 A person who makes, repairs, or alters clothes professionally, especially suits and men's clothing. 2 (context Australia English) The fish (taxlink Pomatomus saltatrix species noshow=1). vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make, repair, or alter clothes. 2 (context transitive English) To make or adapt (something) for a specific need. 3 (context transitive English) To restrict (something) in order to meet a particular need


n. a person whose occupation is making and altering garments [syn: seamster, sartor]

  1. v. make fit for a specific purpose [syn: shoehorn]

  2. style and tailor in a certain fashion; "cut a dress" [syn: cut]

  3. create (clothes) with cloth; "Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?" [syn: sew, tailor-make]

Tailor (disambiguation)

A tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally.

Tailor may also refer to:

  • Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), also known as tailors
  • The Tailor, or Scissorman, a bogeyman character from Heinrich Hoffman's Struwwelpeter

A tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men's clothing.

Although the term dates to the thirteenth century, tailor took on its modern sense in the late eighteenth century, and now refers to makers of men's and women's suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk.

The term refers to a set of specific hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques that are unique to the construction of traditional jackets. Retailers of tailored suits often take their services internationally, traveling to various cities, allowing the client to be measured locally.

Traditional tailoring is called " bespoke tailoring" in the United Kingdom, where the heart of the trade is London's Savile Row tailoring, and "custom tailoring" in the United States and Hong Kong. This is unlike made to measure which uses pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and unique to each customer.

Famous fictional tailors include the tailor in The Tailor of Gloucester, '' The Emperor's New Clothes '' and The Valiant Little Tailor. A more recent example is John le Carré's The Tailor of Panama.

Usage examples of "tailor".

Henry le Waleys, the mayor, Gregory de Rokesley, Philip Cissor, or the tailor, Ralph Crepyn, Joce le Acatour, or merchant, and John de Gisors.

Annabelle be seen in only the most gracious and laudatory light: a light designed specifically so that the Duke of Acton would see in her a young woman magnificently tailored to bear the title Duchess.

After the first ecstacy was over, I proceeded to examine her beauties, and with my usual amorous frenzy told her that she should send her tailor out to graze and live with me.

I spent the day in seeing that a suit was made for her, and I felt quite amorous when Pegu, the tailor, measured her for the breeches.

From the pure white kaffiyeh on his head bound by the heavy silver-and-black cords of an argal, to the expensive tailored suit on his large frame and his handmade shoes, he was the embodiment of Middle East wealth and power.

A subjective viewpoint, tailored to fit what the drunk tank prisoners saw, the assaulters trying to flee the cellblock and liberate other inmates.

The coat, quite new, was before me, and my heart began to beat, but supposing the tailor had not put it in!

Just then Ned Cooley stood up on the far side of the pickup and began walking around it, cowboy hat pushed back on his head, hands in the pockets of his tailored gray pants.

I had puzzled my head for several hours as to what substitute I could find for tinder--the only thing I still lacked, and which I could not ask for under any pretense whatsoever--when I remembered that I had told the tailor to put some under the armpits of my coat to prevent the perspiration spoiling the stuff.

When we rose from the table kissing became general, and the countess could not resist laughing when she found herself obliged to hold out her cheeks for the salute of the tailor, who thought her laughter a special mark of favour.

It was a deep, cushiony one, different from the tailored pieces her mother favored, and when she and Graham had been furniture shopping, she had fallen in love with it on sight.

He walked rapidly to the bridge and took a cab to Conduit Street, where dwelt a firm of tailors with whose Paris branch he had had dealings in his dandiacal past.

We heard the Demarchy had tailored the sulphur-based metabolism of the ventlings for human use.

Hence the eidetic memory of childhood, enabling rules of perception to be developed, could smoothly transpose at the approach of puberty into the more linear forms of adult memory, whilst incorporating, for each individual, a uniquely tailored set of such rules which would order their later experience.

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