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Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

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The word bespoke is derived from the verb to bespeak, meaning to "speak for something". The particular meaning of the verb form, given in the Oxford English Dictionary: "to speak for, to arrange for, engage beforehand: to ‘order’ (goods)”, is first cited from 1583. The adjective, "bespoken", meaning “ordered, commissioned, arranged for”, is first quoted from 1607.[1][2]

The term is generally more prevalent in British English; for example, StyleRocks "bespoke jewellery".[3] American English tends to use the word "custom" instead, as in custom car, custom motorcycle, etc. Nevertheless, "bespoke" has seen increased usage in American English during the 21st century,[4] particularly in the phrase "bespoke suit."[5]

Specific uses[edit]

Some common specific uses include:

  • Bespoke medicine, a movement to better fit treatment to the individual patient
  • Bespoke shoes, shoes that are made to fit the customer's specifications
  • Bespoke software, software written to the specific requirement of a customer
  • Bespoke tailoring, men's clothing made to the individual measurements of the customer


  1. ^ "Bespeak". The Oxford English Dictionary (1st ed.) (Oxford University Press). 1909. 
  2. ^ "Bespoken". The Oxford English Dictionary (1st ed.) (Oxford University Press). 1909. 
  3. ^ Joye, Paula (June 22, 2012). "Bespoke is the new black". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Google Ngrams search, 'bespoke' in American English". 
  5. ^ "Google Ngrams search, 'bespoke suit' in American English". 

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