What does tailor mean?

Definitions for tailor
ˈteɪ lərtai·lor

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.

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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. Achim Anscheidt:

    Vision Gran Turismo is really for us an exciting project to not just tailor our design work to a group of 450 exclusive customers, but really design something for the millions and tailor something for our fans of the brand.

  2. Chase Hattaway:

    Citi will have to tailor its policy to state legislation, and in many cases, cities and municipalities will have different regulations as well, that may require even further carve-outs.

  3. Ryan Fisher:

    Regional grocers tailor their offerings by neighborhood, matching the experience to that local community.

  4. Andrew Whitworth:

    I probably sleep less, but I at least get quality sleep, i tailor my schedule way more than I used to when I was young. Offseason, too. I dont really take any break at all. I just kind of continuously work out year-round.

  5. Fred Muench:

    Overall, SMS campaigns for public health are the most effective medium for mass dissemination due to their reach, immediacy, opportunity for data collection and personalization, ability to tailor and adapt information, and opportunity to link to other sources, we found that personalizing and adaptively tailoring text messages has the largest effects compared to other types of messages.

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