noun \ˈstī(-ə)l\

: a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed

: a particular form or design of something

: a way of behaving or of doing things

Full Definition of STYLE

a :  a distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) <writes with more attention to style than to content> <the flowery style of 18th century prose>
b :  a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself <the formal style of the court> <his style is abrasive>; also :  a particular mode of living <in high style>
c :  a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed <a unique style of horseback riding> <the classical style of dance>
a :  stylus
b :  gnomon 1b
c :  the filiform usually elongated part of the pistil bearing a stigma at its apex — see flower illustration
d :  a slender elongated process (as a bristle) on an animal
:  a distinctive quality, form, or type of something <a new dress style> <the Greek style of architecture>
a :  the state of being popular :  fashion <clothes that are always in style>
b :  fashionable elegance
c :  beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique <an awkward moment she handled with style>
:  a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing
style·less \ˈstī(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective
style·less·ness noun

Examples of STYLE

  1. I don't like the flowery style of his writing.
  2. She has a unique style of singing.
  3. a baseball pitcher with an unusual style
  4. She writes with more attention to style than to content.
  5. The room was decorated in modern style.
  6. The car is available in several different styles.
  7. the Greek style of architecture
  8. The range of clothing styles has become more varied.
  9. His management style is abrasive.

Origin of STYLE

Middle English stile, style, from Latin stilus spike, stem, stylus, style of writing; perhaps akin to Latin instigare to goad — more at stick
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

: to give (yourself) a name or title even if you do not really deserve it

: to give a particular shape to (someone's hair)

: to design (something) for a particular purpose


Full Definition of STYLE

:  to call or designate by an identifying term :  name
a :  to give a particular style to
b :  to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode
styl·er noun

Examples of STYLE

  1. She cuts and styles hair.
  2. She's having her hair styled tomorrow.
  3. a book styled for a general audience

First Known Use of STYLE

circa 1580


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