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Of or relating to clothing, especially designer clothing, that is marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes.
Clothing marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes: saves money by buying ready-to-wear.


adj (ready to wear when postpositive)
(Clothing & Fashion) (of clothes) not tailored for the wearer; of a standard size
(Clothing & Fashion) an article or suit of such clothes


1. ready-made clothing.
2. being, pertaining to, or dealing in such clothing.
[1890–95, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ready-to-wear - ready-made clothing; "she couldn't find anything in ready-to-wear that she liked"
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
Adj.1.ready-to-wear - (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock; "a ready-made jacket"; "ready-to-wear clothes"
ready-made - made for purchase and immediate use


[ˌredɪtəˈwɛəʳ] ADJ [clothes] → confeccionado, listo para llevar


[ˌrɛdɪtəˈwɛəʳ] adjprêt-à-porter inv


(ˈredi) adjective
1. (negative unready) prepared; able to be used etc immediately or when needed; able to do (something) immediately or when necessary. I've packed our cases, so we're ready to leave; Is tea ready yet?; Your coat has been cleaned and is ready (to be collected).
2. (negative unready) willing. I'm always ready to help.
3. quick. You're too ready to find faults in other people; He always has a ready answer.
4. likely, about (to do something). My head feels as if it's ready to burst.
ˈreadiness noun
ˈreadily adverb
1. willingly. I'd readily help you.
2. without difficulty. I can readily answer all your questions.
ready cash
ready money.
ˌready-ˈmade adjective
(especially of clothes) made in standard sizes, and for sale to anyone who wishes to buy, rather than being made for one particular person. a ready-made suit.
ready money
coins and banknotes. I want to be paid in ready money, not by cheque.
ˌready-to-ˈwear adjective
(of clothes) ready-made.
in readiness
ready. I want everything in readiness for his arrival.
References in classic literature ?
All this time, his mind was never off the rack, and his raging sense of having been made to fling himself across the chasm which divided those two, and bridge it over for their coming together, never cooled down.
Fifty per cent off the rack rate is the existing Ramadan rate anyway
For many men spoiled by custom tailoring, off the rack clothes don't quite cut it, even the expensive brands.
I've been buying Handgunner off the rack off and on for a while now but somehow missed the edition having Little Lizzie's story in it.
Whether it's her personally tailoring the gorgeous blouse you bought off the rack, or your commissioning her to design an original gown for that after-party you will be attending, she will have you standing out from the crowd in no time.
The new cards, complete with the store name and a catchy logo, practically sell themselves as customers can grab them off the rack at checkout and give out to friends and family as gifts whenever they like.
s Torture Garden club boasts some very impressive costumes --certainly nothing you'd buy off the rack on your way to the rack.
A: We liked the striped shirts because we could buy 'em off the rack.
Barbell Squat: The first order of business is to carefully get the bar off the rack horns (photo 1).
Within two days, the actress had organised the ceremony and reception, booked a photographer and bought a dress off the rack.
I remember when I picked up my first BE magazine off the rack (December 1999).
Wherever he found himself he disappeared effortlessly into the crowd, wearing his inbred sophistication like a suit off the rack.