Definition of tailor in English:


Syllabification: tai·lor
Pronunciation: /ˈtālər


1A person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit individual customers.
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  • While custom tailors sold individually fitted suits and other personalized apparel, they increasingly rationalized the production process in order to reduce basic costs.
  • There being no sewing machines to speed the assembly of clothes, tailors and seamstresses were economical with their stitches.
  • Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of Federation King Street.
2 (also tailorfish) another term for bluefish.
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  • Hopefully next week I will have many good reports of tailor and bream, maybe even blackfish, as the season is about to begin in earnest.
  • To get a last go at the tailor a number of anglers took off to Fraser Island.
  • Some current limits for fish such as tailor, herring and mullet will not change.


[with object] (usually be tailored) Back to top  
1(Of a tailor) make (clothes) to fit individual customers: he was wearing a sports coat that had obviously been tailored in New York
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  • Some of the most elegant men in India still get their suits and trousers tailored by the best in Saville Row.
  • Reddy's clothes are tailored in Mumbai by Akbar, also famous as superstar Amitabh Bachchan's tailor.
  • If I could tailor clothes, I'd make it live, but my sewing skills are rudimentary and extremely time-consuming.
1.1Make or adapt for a particular purpose or person: arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements
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  • He must learn programming scripts that allow a generic program to be tailored to a specific purpose.
  • The authors report that once a diagnosis of problem drinking or alcoholism is established, a treatment plan can be tailored to the situation.
  • In addition, an architect may spend many hours developing a design that is expressly tailored to both your needs and your building site.
customize, adapt, adjust, modify, change, convert, alter, attune, mold, gear, fit, cut, shape, tune


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French taillour, literally 'cutter', based on late Latin taliare 'to cut'. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.

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