\ ˈstī(-ə)l How to pronounce style (audio) \

Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
3a : stylus
c : the filiform usually elongated part of the pistil bearing a stigma at its apex — see flower illustration
d : a slender elongated process (such as a bristle) on an animal
4 : a distinctive quality, form, or type of something a new dress style the Greek style of architecture
5a : 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


styled; styling

Definition of style (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to call or designate by an identifying term : name
2a : to give a particular style to
b : to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode

Definition of -style (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in the style of a Beaujolais-style wine

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Other Words from style


styleless \ ˈstī(-​ə)l-​ləs How to pronounce styleless (audio) \ adjective
stylelessness noun


styler noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of style in a Sentence


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


She cuts and styles hair. She's having her hair styled tomorrow. a book styled for a general audience
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unfortunately, countries whose political styles, with limited levels and parameters for humor (China and Russia), can’t recognize how these artists are a society’s version of a canary in a coal mine. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Tragic history of trying to stop Challenger disaster; Save political cartoonists (6/19/19)," 19 June 2019 The foursome shares un-glamorous parts of themselves in the book, with chapters tackling style, work, family, love and health and real-life examples of the Try Guys trying out new things. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The Try Guys try becoming authors with new 'self-deprecating self-help' book," 18 June 2019 With fan angst at a fever pitch and a young squad trying to find its way with a new, flashier style of play, though, there was plenty to be gained from, simply, winning., "Newcomer Tyler Boyd scores twice as U.S. routs Guyana 4-0 in Gold Cup opener," 18 June 2019 The $85 set menu coursed Italian-style, served 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, includes an antipasto (appetizer) followed by pasta. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This new Italian restaurant in Indianapolis rises above spaghetti and meatballs," 17 June 2019 In the manner of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, director Richard Scerbo spoke about the composer’s style, which is occasionally dissonant but still grounded on tonal centers, and each work’s background. Washington Post, "With a trumpet fox trot and the roar of a siren, Inscape delivers Hindemith," 17 June 2019 The first was the introduction of Spurs' infamous 'push and run' style (a forebear of Total Football) under Arthur Rowe, which propelled them to their first ever First Division title a year after promotion., "Sir Alf Ramsey: The Man Behind the 'Wingless Wonders' & England's Sole World Cup Triumph," 17 June 2019 Sabey said there are nine gardens on the walk this year, showcasing a mix of free-form wild, natural and manicured styles. Rob Earnshaw, Daily Southtown, "Want to walk in beauty? Check out this summer's south suburban garden walks," 16 June 2019 Kardashian fully committed to the style, even carrying a matching Dior Saddle bag much like Carrie Bradshaw. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Channeled Carrie Bradshaw in Vintage Dior," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Despite this match being for charity, the self-styled 'Special One' played up his pantomime villain role well., "Soccer Aid 2019: The Best Moments From the Charity Match's History," 16 June 2019 Many of the West Side Boys, who, influenced by the rapper Tupac Shakur, styled themselves as gang members, were themselves abducted child-soldiers. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 Real-life experiences, like having your hair shampooed and styled, can set off brain tingles. Karen Pallarito,, "How Does ASMR Work? The Science Behind Those Brain-Tingling Sounds," 6 June 2019 Something that’s overworked, over-styled, and totally unlivable with bad furniture, bad placement, no lighting, no warmth or comfort. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Who Stole an Oversize Magnifier from Legendary Decorator Charlotte Moss?," 4 June 2019 Courtesy Give your floral midi dress a break this month and take some shorts-styling inspo from KKW and Bella Hadid. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Long Shorts," 15 Apr. 2019 Her gorgeous dress, which featured a V-neck and high slit up one side, was styled by her mom’s Live! with Kelly and Ryan fashion stylist, Audrey Slater. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All About Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola's Custom Prom Dress - and Her Date's Ryan Seacrest Tuxedo!," 7 June 2019 No matter what happens between them, Trump's state visit is likely to remain controversial—his 2018 sparked protests around London, despite being styled as a working trip instead of an official state visit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Plans to Have Tea with Donald Trump," 21 May 2019 Unlike bikinis, one-piece bathing suits can easily be incorporated with the rest of your wardrobe, doubling as a bodysuit to be styled with your favorite pair of jeans or with a skirt. Glamour, "The Absolute Best One Piece Bathing Suits of 2019," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of style


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for style


Middle English stile, style, from Latin stilus spike, stem, stylus, style of writing; perhaps akin to Latin instigare to goad — more at stick

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English Language Learners Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of style (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : 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


\ ˈstīl How to pronounce style (audio) \

Kids Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


styled; styling

Kids Definition of style (Entry 2 of 2)

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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