tailor Definition

a person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit individual customers.

Using tailor: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tailor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to take my suit to the tailor to have it altered.

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    The tailor took my measurements for a custom-made suit.

  • Example

    She works as a tailor in a high-end boutique.

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    The tailor sewed a patch onto the jacket.

tailor Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for tailor

Phrases with tailor

  • tailor-made

    made to fit a particular person or purpose


    The program was tailor-made for beginners.

  • tailor's chalk

    a type of chalk used by tailors to mark fabric


    The tailor used the chalk to mark where the pants needed to be hemmed.

  • tailor's dummy

    a model of the human body used by tailors to make clothes


    The tailor draped the fabric over the dummy to see how it would look.

Origins of tailor

from Old French 'taillour', meaning 'cutter'


Summary: tailor in Brief

A 'tailor' [ˈteɪlər] is a professional who makes fitted clothing such as suits, pants, and jackets for individual customers. The term extends to phrases like 'tailor-made,' indicating something made to fit a particular person or purpose, and 'tailor's chalk,' a tool used to mark fabric. A tailor's work is highly specialized and requires precision and attention to detail.

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