dan·​dy·​ism | \ ˈdan-dē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce dandyism (audio) \

Definition of dandyism

1 : the style or conduct of a dandy
2 : a literary and artistic style of the latter part of the 19th century marked by artificiality and excessive refinement

Examples of dandyism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was nothing racy beyond the dandyism of Whistler. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 Another, equally striking portrait, by Giovanni Boldini, perfectly captures the count’s confident, posturing dandyism. Leo Damrosch, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020 This period, the Regency era, was ground zero for British dandyism. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2019 These shoes add an edge of dandyism to the classic derby. Max Berlinger, GQ, 10 Jan. 2018 That’s a nod to Edwardian fashion that’s at the heart of dandyism. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, 4 June 2017 There’s a transnational influence also present that is not necessarily present in traditional dandyism. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of dandyism

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dandyism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandyism. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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