fash·​ion | \ ˈfa-shən How to pronounce fashion (audio) \

Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time The spring fashions are now on display.
(2) : a garment in such a style always wears the latest fashions
b : a prevailing custom, usage, or style Literary fashions have changed in recent years.
c : social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct men and women of fashion
2a : mode of action or operation assembled in an orderly fashion not even changing fashions in warfare have diminished the island's strategic importance— Franc Shor
b : a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way he will, after his sour fashion, tell you— William Shakespeare
3a : the make or form of something A lamp in the fashion of a silver dove was hung from an almost invisible golden wire in the centre of the room.— Arthur Conan Doyle
b archaic : kind, sort
after a fashion
: in an approximate or rough way became an artist after a fashion


fashioned; fashioning\ ˈfash-​niŋ How to pronounce fashioning (audio) , ˈfa-​shᵊn-​iŋ \; fashions

Definition of fashion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give shape or form to : to make, construct, or create (something) usually with careful attention or by the use of imagination and ingenuity fashion a lamp from an old churn a figure fashioned from clay … delegating to the commander-in-chief the power to fashion the rules of the military justice system …— Fred Strasser Up there in the mountains old ladies … are still hooking rugs … and fashioning dainty dolls out of corn shucks.— Richard Atcheson
2 : to design or devise for a particular use or purpose … were the vessels fashioned for royalty distinguished from objects intended for nonroyal consumers?Asian Art
3 obsolete : contrive

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fashioner \ ˈfash-​nər How to pronounce fashioner (audio) , ˈfa-​shə-​nər \ noun

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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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fashion, style, and fad mean the way that up-to-date people do things. fashion is used of any custom (as a way of dressing or behaving) that is widely accepted at any one time or place. It was once the fashion for everyone to wear hats. style may suggest a fashion that is approved of by people with taste. The house was decorated in the latest style. fad is used for something that is very popular and often only for a short time. Beach tennis may be just a fad.

Examples of fashion in a Sentence

Noun Jewelry and clothing fashions vary with the season. Short skirts have come back into fashion. Those ruffled blouses went out of fashion years ago. She always wears the latest fashions. Literary fashions have changed in recent years. We started the meeting in an orderly fashion. We all lined up in orderly fashion. Verb Students fashioned the clay into small figures. She used the scraps of fabric to fashion a little doll's dress. a table fashioned out of an old door
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Temperatures hover in fairly steady fashion around the mid-30s, with southeasterly breezes assisting in keeping us above freezing (32 degrees). Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Less breeze and more sun today. Decent tomorrow, too.," 29 Nov. 2019 This comes after a lawsuit from Chanel, social media posts from fashion experts and a CNBC investigation that raised doubts about The RealReal's (REAL) thoroughness. Pamela Boykoff, Clare Sebastian And Masha Angelova, CNN, "The RealReal CEO stands up for the company's authentication policy," 29 Nov. 2019 For more home and fashion deals like this, check out our comprehensive list of all the best Black Friday sales happening right now. CNN Money, "All the best Target deals to shop this Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 The Italian fashion house is suing Fashion Nova for replicating the famous design, which JLo reprised earlier this year on the spring 2020 runway. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress is at the Center of a Huge Lawsuit," 28 Nov. 2019 The Detroit Lions lost their fifth straight game Thursday in frighteningly familiar fashion. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Patricia's future in limbo as Detroit Lions eliminated from playoff contention," 28 Nov. 2019 With vintage fashion, old clothes get a new life — and that is especially attractive to those who are thinking about the environment while shopping. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "From Instagram to brick-and-mortars, vintage streetwear fashion has blown up in Louisville," 27 Nov. 2019 Like vinyl records, the strange concept of a time crystal is spinning back into fashion. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Back to the future: The original time crystal makes a comeback," 27 Nov. 2019 Paula Patton — and her fabulous collection of boss lady fashions — have no time for your criminal foolishness in EW’s exclusive trailer for the new BET+ movie Sacrifice. Joey Nolfi,, "Paula Patton is a boss lady you DON'T want to cross in wild Sacrifice trailer," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the Gophers holding tailback Jonathan Taylor to 76 yards and two rushing on 18 carries, quarterback Jack Coan fashioned arguably his best performance at UW considering the nasty weather and size of the stage. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ""These are the reasons you play football": Wisconsin has the axe back and a chance to play for the Big Ten title," 30 Nov. 2019 The garments and tools of survival, fashioned with elaborate decorative items from nature, spoke in silence to the celebration. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "When it comes to displays of hunting culture, a roadhouse or farmhouse can fare well against big-city museums," 16 Nov. 2019 Wander around the tarmac and hangars, where old fashioned Bentleys befitting the Great Gatsby are interspersed with vintage biplanes. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Visit Hilton Head Island in the Fall," 14 Nov. 2019 To this classic Denisiewicz adds avocado, bacon and tomato, and a fried egg, fashioning an impromptu fusion of croque, BLT and something California-ish. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: An exuberant fiesta of culinary delights at the Spicy Green Bean in Glastonbury," 12 Oct. 2019 Thirteen players finished the first round at least 5-under, including Houston’s Cole Hammer, who fashioned a 67 in his first-ever regular PGA Tour event round. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Weather interrupts play during second round at Houston Open," 11 Oct. 2019 The quirky punk rock bassist from San Pedro, California, who favors nautical lingo and once fashioned a homemade diaper to deal with, um, issues, while on a tour is coming to town. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "2019 Fall Concerts: Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic Chuck Yarborough unveils his top prospects," 27 Sep. 2019 Her husband, Scott, a talented wood finisher and chef, helped with fashioning a working lightsaber for the bear. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A New Berlin artist made a 'Star Wars' bear to honor the late 14-year-old founder of Kaden's Wish," 15 Nov. 2019 This is done by fashioning hoops every four feet or so to create a low growing tunnel. Washington Post, "The greens of autumn require extra care when frost threatens," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fashion


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fashion


Middle English fasoun, fasioun, fascioun, facioun, borrowed from Anglo-French façun, fauschoun "production, construction, appearance, form, sort, manner," going back to Latin factiōn-, factiō "act of making," from facere "to make, bring about, do" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fact

Note: The Anglo-French form with a hushing consonant that was borrowed into Middle English reflects the Picard outcome of the Latin cluster [ktj]. A doublet of faction.


Middle English fascionen, in part verbal derivative of fascioun fashion entry 1, in part borrowed from Middle French façonner, derivative of façon fashion entry 1

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The first known use of fashion was in the 14th century

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“Fashion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce fashion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
: clothes that are popular



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

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


fash·​ion | \ ˈfa-shən How to pronounce fashion (audio) \

Kids Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the popular style of a thing at a certain time or among a certain group
2 : manner sense 2, way “This trial will be conducted in an orderly fashion.”— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux


fashioned; fashioning

Kids Definition of fashion (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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