noun \ˈfad\

: something (such as an interest or fashion) that is very popular for a short time

Full Definition of FAD

:  a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal :  craze
fad·dish \ˈfa-dish\ adjective
fad·dish·ly adverb
fad·dish·ness noun
fad·dism \ˈfa-ˌdi-zəm\ noun
fad·dist \ˈfa-dist\ noun
fad·dy \-dē\ adjective

Examples of FAD

  1. She's always interested in the latest fads.
  2. <once the fad for that kind of music had passed, nobody would have been caught dead listening to it>

Origin of FAD

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1867

Synonym Discussion of FAD

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place <the current fashion>. style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste <a media baron used to traveling in style>. mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated <slim bodies are the mode at this resort>. vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion <short skirts are back in vogue>. fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion <last year's fad is over>. rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad <Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time> <crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted>.

Rhymes with FAD


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Definition of FAD

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noun \ˈfad\

Definition of FAD for Kids

:  something that is very popular for a short time


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