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1style

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

2
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>
3
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
4
:  a distinctive quality, form, or type of something <a new dress style> <the Greek style of architecture>
5
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>
6
:  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

Synonym Discussion of STYLE

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>.

2style

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

styledstyl·ing

Full Definition of STYLE

1
:  to call or designate by an identifying term :  name
2
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
STYLELESSNESS Defined for Kids

1style

noun \ˈstīl\

Definition of STYLE for Kids

1
:  a particular form or design of something <classical style of dance> <Dinner was served buffet style.>
2
:  a way of speaking or writing
3
:  an individual way of behaving or doing something <He changed his style of holding the bat and hit more balls.>
4
:  a method, manner, or quality that is felt to be very respectable, fashionable, or proper :  fashion <They dine in style.> <Dad's clothes are out of style.>
5
:  an easy and graceful manner <She handled the situation with style.>
6
:  the narrow middle part of the pistil of a flower

2style

verb
styledstyl·ing

Definition of STYLE for Kids

1
:  to design and make in a known or new style <well-styled hats>
2
:  to give a special shape to someone's hair
3
:  to identify by some descriptive term :  call <She styles herself an expert.>

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