from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Already made, prepared, or available.
  • adjective Handy or expedient, especially because of familiarity, frequent use, or preplanning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Previously made and now ready for use; furnished or obtained in a formed state; specifically, in trade, made ready for chance sale, and not made to order for a particular person: as. ready-made clothing; ready-made opinions or excuses.
  • Pertaining to articles prepared beforehand: as, the ready-made department of a tailor's or shoemaker's business.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made already, or beforehand, in anticipation of need; not made to order

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Made or prepared in advance of need.
  • noun An everyday object designated as art.

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

  • noun a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase
  • adjective repeated regularly without thought or originality
  • adjective commercially produced; not homemade
  • adjective made for purchase and immediate use


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