Words to Know: Bespoke - custom-made; made to fit a particular person

Words to Know: Bespoke

Words to Know: Bespoke - custom-made; made to fit a particular person

Have you ever heard someone refer to a bespoke suit? You’ve probably figured out it implies the suit is rather expensive, but what exactly does it mean for something to be bespoke?

Well, quite simply, it means that item is custom-made. In the case of clothes (which is the most common application), it means that the item was made specifically to fit a particular person. In a more limited application, bespoke can also refer to someone who is dealing in or producing custom-made goods.

Funny enough, the same word was also used in the past to infer significance, refer to someone who is engaged, or reference an item that has been reserved. You could bespeak a car for your upcoming road trip, for example, or a work of art could bespeak masterful skill.

These days, however, you will most likely hear “bespoke” in the context of material possessions, particularly custom-made suits.

 

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