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Webster 1913 Edition


Tailor

Tai′lor

,
Noun.
[OF.
tailleor
, F.
tailleur
, fr. OF.
taillier
, F.
tailler
to cut, fr. L.
talea
a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf.
Detail
,
Entail
,
Retail
,
Tally
,
Noun.
]
1.
One whose occupation is to cut out and make men’s garments; also, one who cuts out and makes ladies' outer garments.
Well said, good woman's
tailor
. . . I would thou wert a man's
tailor
.
Shakespeare
2.
(Zool.)
(a)
The mattowacca; – called also
tailor herring
.
(b)
The silversides.
3.
(Zool.)
The goldfish.
[Prov. Eng.]
Salt-water tailor
(Zool.)
,
the bluefish.
[Local, U. S.]
Bartlett.
Tailor bird
(Zool.)
,
any one of numerous species of small Asiatic and East Indian singing birds belonging to
Orthotomus
,
Prinia
, and allied genera. They are noted for the skill with which they sew leaves together to form nests. The common Indian species are
Orthotomus longicauda
, which has the back, scapulars, and upper tail coverts yellowish green, and the under parts white; and the golden-headed tailor bird (
Orthotomus coronatus
), which has the top of the head golden yellow and the back and wings pale olive-green.

Tai′lor

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Tailored
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Tailoring
.]
To practice making men's clothes; to follow the business of a tailor.
These
tailoring
artists for our lays
Invent cramped rules.
M. Green.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tailor

TA'ILOR

,
Noun.
One whose occupation is to cut out and make men's garments.

TA'ILOR

,
Verb.
I.
To practice making men's clothes.

Definition 2022


tailor

tailor

English

Alternative forms

Noun

tailor (plural tailors)

  1. A person who makes, repairs, or alters clothes professionally, especially suits and men's clothing.
  2. (Australia) The fish Pomatomus saltatrix.

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Verb

tailor (third-person singular simple present tailors, present participle tailoring, simple past and past participle tailored)

  1. (transitive) To make, repair, or alter clothes.
  2. (transitive) To make or adapt (something) for a specific need.
  3. (transitive) To restrict (something) in order to meet a particular need
    a narrowly tailored law.

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References

  • Australian Fish and How to Catch Them, Richard Allan, Landsdowne Publishing, 1990, ISBN 1-86302-674-6.