noun (1)
\ ˈfad How to pronounce fad (audio) \

Definition of fad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze


noun (2)
\ ˌef-ˌā-ˈdē How to pronounce FAD (audio) \

Definition of FAD (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from fad

Noun (1)

faddish \ ˈfa-​dish How to pronounce FAD (audio) \ adjective
faddishly adverb
faddishness noun
faddism \ ˈfa-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce FAD (audio) \ noun
faddist \ ˈfa-​dist How to pronounce FAD (audio) \ noun
faddy \ ˈfa-​dē How to pronounce FAD (audio) \ adjective

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Noun (1)

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 fad in a Sentence

Noun (1) She's always interested in the latest fads. once the fad for that kind of music had passed, nobody would have been caught dead listening to it

First Known Use of fad

Noun (1)

1867, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fad

Noun (1)

origin unknown

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“Fad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fad. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fad

: something (such as an interest or fashion) that is very popular for a short time


\ ˈfad How to pronounce fad (audio) \

Kids Definition of fad

: something that is very popular for a short time


\ ˌef-(ˌ)ā-ˈdē How to pronounce FAD (audio) \

Medical Definition of FAD


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