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noun fash·ion \ˈfa-shən\

Simple Definition of fashion

  • : a popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people

  • : the business of creating and selling clothes in new styles

  • fashions : clothes that are popular

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fashion

  1. 1 a :  the make or form of something b archaic :  kind, sort

  2. 2 a :  a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way <he will, after his sour fashion, tell you — Shakespeare> b :  mode of action or operation <assembled in an orderly fashion>

  3. 3 a :  a prevailing custom, usage, or style b (1) :  the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time (2) :  a garment in such a style <always wears the latest fashions> c :  social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct <men and women of fashion>

after a fashion
  1. :  in an approximate or rough way <became an artist after a fashion>

Examples of fashion in a sentence

  1. Jewelry and clothing fashions vary with the season.

  2. Short skirts have come back into fashion.

  3. Those ruffled blouses went out of fashion years ago.

  4. She always wears the latest fashions.

  5. Literary fashions have changed in recent years.

  6. We started the meeting in an orderly fashion.

  7. We all lined up in orderly fashion.

Origin of fashion

Middle English facioun, fasoun shape, manner, from Anglo-French façun, fauschoun, from Latin faction-, factio act of making, faction, from facere to make — more at do

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fashion

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>.

synonyms see in addition method



verb, fash·ion

Simple Definition of fashion

  • : to form (something) into something else : to make (something) from something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fashion

fashionedfashioning play \ˈfash-niŋ, ˈfa-shən-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give shape or form to :  mold b :  alter, transform c :  to mold into a particular character by influencing or training d :  to make or construct usually with the use of imagination and ingenuity <fashion a lamp from an old churn>

  3. 2 :  fit, adapt

  4. 3 obsolete :  contrive

fashioner play \ˈfash-nər, ˈfa-shə-nər\ noun

Examples of fashion in a sentence

  1. Students fashioned the clay into small figures.

  2. She used the scraps of fabric to fashion a little doll's dress.

  3. a table fashioned out of an old door

15th Century

First Known Use of fashion

15th century

Rhymes with fashion

FASHION Defined for Kids



noun fash·ion \ˈfa-shən\

Definition of fashion for Students

  1. 1 :  the popular style of a thing at a certain time or among a certain group

  2. 2 :  manner 2, way <“This trial will be conducted in an orderly fashion.” — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>



verb fash·ion

Definition of fashion for Students


  1. :  to give shape or form to <… getting a piece of wood, he fashioned it in a cross … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>

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