What does tailor mean?

Definitions for tailor
ˈteɪ lərtai·lor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tailor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tailor, seamster, sartorverb

    a person whose occupation is making and altering garments

  2. tailor, orientverb

    adjust to a specific need or market

    "a magazine oriented towards young people"; "tailor your needs to your surroundings"

  3. cut, tailorverb

    style and tailor in a certain fashion

    "cut a dress"

  4. sew, tailor, tailor-makeverb

    create (clothes) with cloth

    "Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?"


  1. tailornoun

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

  2. tailornoun

    The fish Pomatomus saltatrix.

  3. tailorverb

    To make, repair, or alter clothes.

  4. tailorverb

    To make or adapt (something) for a specific need.

  5. tailorverb

    To restrict (something) in order to meet a particular need, e.g. a narrowly tailored law.

  6. Etymology: From tailour, from tailleor, from tailler, from taliare, from talea ("a cutting").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tailornoun

    One whose business is to make cloaths.

    Etymology: tailleur, from tailler, French, to cut.

    I’ll entertain a score or two of tailors,
    To study fashions to adorn my body. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Here’s an English tailor come for stealing out of a French hose: come tailor, you may roast your goose. William Shakespeare.

    The knight came to the tailor ’s to take measure of his gown. William Camden.

    The world is come now to that pass, that the tailor and shoemaker may cut out what religion they please. James Howell.

    They value themselves for this outside fashionableness of the tailor’s making. John Locke, on Education.

    It was prettily said by Seneca, that friendship should not be unript, but unstitcht, though somewhat in the phrase of a tailor. Collier.

    In Covent-Garden did a tailor dwell,
    That sure a place deserv’d in his own hell. King.


  1. Tailor

    A tailor is a person who makes or alters clothing, particularly in men's clothing. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the term to the thirteenth century.


  1. tailor

    A tailor is a professional who designs, fits, alters, and repairs clothing, especially suits and men's clothing, according to their clients' needs and preferences. They may also create custom clothing designs from scratch based on specific customer requests or measurements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tailornoun

    one whose occupation is to cut out and make men's garments; also, one who cuts out and makes ladies' outer garments

  2. Tailornoun

    the mattowacca; -- called also tailor herring

  3. Tailornoun

    the silversides

  4. Tailornoun

    the goldfish

  5. Tailorverb

    to practice making men's clothes; to follow the business of a tailor


  1. Tailor

    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 Emperor's New Clothes and Brave Little Tailor. A more recent title is John le Carré's The Tailor of Panama.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tailor

    tāl′ur, n. one whose business is to cut out and make men's clothes:—fem. Tail′oress.—v.i. to work as a tailor.—v.t. to make clothes for.—ns. Tail′or-bird, one of several Oriental small passerine birds which sew leaves together to form a nest: Tail′oring, the business or work of a tailor.—adj. Tail′or-made, made by a tailor, esp. of plain, close-fitting garments for women, in imitation of men's. [Fr. tailleurtailler, to cut.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tailor

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, skills, qualifications and intuition to alter, create, adjust and make a variety of clothing and other products.

    My brother is a tailor and has his shop on the local high street where he does a brisk trade.q

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Tailor

    From the French tailleur, based upon the verb tailler, to cut.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tailor is ranked #28131 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tailor surname appeared 851 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tailor.

    75.9% or 646 total occurrences were Asian.
    11.2% or 96 total occurrences were White.
    7.2% or 62 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tailor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tailor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tailor in a Sentence

  1. Victor Daniels:

    We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts.

  2. Orrin Hatch:

    These are restrictions that the Islamic State could use to its advantage, if we are telling the Islamic State upfront that we will not use ground forces, will they not tailor their strategy around that fact? If we advertise when the authorization expires at an arbitrary date ... will they not hunker down and wait for that date?

  3. Caycee Myers:

    These companies have to be careful in crafting their image, first, they have to keep in mind, ‘What is the culture and attitude of the public in this other country?’ and secondly, ‘How do I tailor my organization’s message to comport with that?’.

  4. Thomas Moore:

    The radar that we choose is going to be an off-the-shelf radar that we tailor to the ship. There are a number of radars out there that appear to meet the specs. This will not be a developmental issue. LHA 8 will be the first ship to get AESR.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor he takes my measure anew every time he sees me, whilst all the rest go on with their old measurements, and expect them to fit me.

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