from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Past tense and a past participle of bespeak.
- adj. Custom-made. Said especially of clothes.
- adj. Making or selling custom-made clothes: a bespoke tailor.
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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.
- adj. Individually or custom made.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. & p. p. of bespeak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preterit and past participle of bespeak.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of clothing) custom-made
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The term bespoke refers to an item that's custom-made to the buyer's specification.
According to legend this is where the term bespoke was coined and to this day it continues to be the Mecca for custom suit aficionados.
While the word "bespoke" may have conjured up images of a stodgy old men's club in the past, now companies such as Coppley offer more affordable machine-made options, starting at $1,000, that are still created based on the customer's specific preferences, fabric selection and style, but not at the expense of hand-tailoring.
As for Teresa's husband, his expression bespoke having subsisted solely on Brussels sprouts since returning from the Mekong Delta.
Her expression bespoke good news, a commodity that had been sorely lacking since that morning's sodden sunrise.
The fellow was excited; his eyes were ringed with white; his expression bespoke the liveliest alarm.
Their name bespoke their old English origin, which (except in the case of Ingred) was further vouched for by their blue eyes, fair skins, and flaxen hair.
The great number given to Benjamin bespoke the warmth of his brother's attachment to him; and Joseph felt, from the amiable temper they now all displayed, he might, with perfect safety, indulge this fond partiality for his mother's son.
Dane, as his name bespoke him: "Against the traitor and the adulterer --"
(The archaic term bespoke refers to the practice of first buying the cloth before it is actually made into a garment: the cloth was said to be spoken for, and thus could not be taken by anyone else.)
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