fashion

noun
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

fashion

verb
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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Other Words from fashion

Verb

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

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Noun

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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Noun

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

The Upper East side home of the late fashion icon and socialite Lee Radziwill has hit the market for $5.7 million. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Lee Radziwill's Energetic Upper East Side Apartment," 8 May 2019 Some fashion companies are also looking to split up their businesses. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "J. Crew considers IPO for its successful sister Madewell," 11 Apr. 2019 Prior to Bild Lilli and Barbie, the doll market was limited to three-dimensional babies and two-dimensional paper fashion dolls. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Prestigious Gift from the Queen for Her Eighth Wedding Anniversary to Prince William," 30 Apr. 2019 The fashion designer is launching her first home collection with Moda Operandi. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "Now You Can Decorate Your Summer Table with Tory Burch," 30 Apr. 2019 It's been a busy few weeks for fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Marc Jacobs Is Selling His NYC Townhouse for $16 Million," 18 Apr. 2019 Her circle included power couple Jessica and Ben Mulroney, the former a fashion adviser to Justin Trudeau's wife and the latter the son of a former PM himself. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Others arrested include actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin along with Loughlin’s fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fanciful bows ornamented several styles at Rodarte’s recent fashion show in Los Angeles; one such knot was fashioned into a giant blue clutch. Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ, "Can a Grown Woman Wear a Hair Bow?," 13 Feb. 2019 Reuters reported late Friday that Redstone was trying to fashion a compromise to win over CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves by dropping a demand that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, 54, should have a prominent management role in the merged entity. Meg James, latimes.com, "Shari Redstone attempts to ignite merger talks as CBS, Viacom stock surges," 4 May 2018 Prober’s creations can take the form of moto jackets fashioned from 19th-century crazy quilts or feed bags, or wonderfully Miss Havisham–meets-punk dresses, often made of patchworked pieces of lace, a material she’s particularly drawn to. Vogue, "Looking for Alternative—And Sustainable—Bridalwear? Mimi Prober’s Got You Covered," 11 Apr. 2019 There’s a power plant, fire station, water tower, green houses, laundry and chapel, and even an old bowling alley fashioned from a Quonset hut. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future," 30 Mar. 2019 The Oscars 2019 red carpet is officially fashion heaven. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cast of Crazy Rich Asians at the Oscars Is the Fashion Show We've All Been Waiting For," 24 Feb. 2019 The photo depicts Nokia in a black and white Louis Vuitton logo scarf which she’s fashioned into a tube top. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Princess Nokia Shows How to Put Your Grandma’s Old Logo Scarf to Good Use," 18 Dec. 2018 Craig Green, the British men’s wear designer, sent male models down the runway last year wearing in tropical-themed quilts that were fashioned like ponchos, fringed cowboy shirts and oversize tunics. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "This Old Thing? Quilts Hit the Catwalk," 9 May 2018 As wine is the theme, the evening begins in the wine room, upstairs, which has been fashioned into a comfortable lounge, furnished with leather armchairs and oriental rugs. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Curtis Stone's restaurant Maude reboots with a focus on wine," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fashion

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for fashion

Noun

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.

Verb

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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More Definitions for fashion

fashion

noun

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

fashion

verb

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

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

fashion

noun
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

fashion

verb
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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