bespoke

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In sense “custom-made”, 1755, from earlier bespoken (c. 1600), form of bespeak, in sense “arrange beforehand” (1580s),[1] of same origin as speak; compare order, made-to-order.

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Verb[edit]

bespoke

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of bespeak

Adjective[edit]

bespoke (not comparable)

  1. Individually or custom made.
    • 2012 August 1, Ed Yong, “Replacement Parts”, The Scientist, accessed on 2012-08-12:
      … others are attempting the more ambitious feat of engineering bespoke human organs from scratch.
    • 2001 October 1, Robin Osborne, “Why Did Athenian Pots Appeal to the Etruscans?”, JSTOR, accessed on 2013-04-25:
      Were Athenian pots bespoke, bearing images requested by Etruscans?
  2. Relating to someone who makes custom-made products, especially clothing items.

Usage notes[edit]

Primarily used for tailoring, now also used more generally, as fancier term for custom-made, notably for software, as in a “bespoke solution”.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ bespoke” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).