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style

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noun \ˈstī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of style

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  designation, title

  2. 2a :  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. 3a :  stylusb :  gnomon 1bc :  the filiform usually elongated part of the pistil bearing a stigma at its apex — see flower illustrationd :  a slender elongated process (as a bristle) on an animal

  4. 4 :  a distinctive quality, form, or type of something <a new dress style> <the Greek style of architecture>

  5. 5a :  the state of being popular :  fashion <clothes that are always in style>b :  fashionable elegancec :  beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique <an awkward moment she handled with style>

  6. 6 :  a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing

style·less play \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>.

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style

transitive verb

Simple Definition of style

  • : 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

styledstyl·ing

  1. 1 :  to call or designate by an identifying term :  name

  2. 2a :  to give a particular style tob :  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



Circa 1580

First Known Use of style

circa 1580


-style

adjective or adverb combiningform

Definition of -style

  1. :  being in the style of <a Beaujolais-style wine>






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