from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made in accordance with particular instructions or requirements; custom-made.
  • adj. Very suitable: a made-to-order job.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made for a specific individual, but not always to individual specifications.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. made specially for a specific purpose; -- of articles of manufacture. Contrasted with mass-produced, standard.
  • adj. made or tailored to fit a specific person; -- of clothing. Contrasted with off-the-rack, ready-to-wear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. built for a particular individual
  • adj. (of clothing) custom-made


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