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noun (1)

: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze
faddish adjective
faddishly adverb
faddishness noun
faddism noun
faddist noun
faddy adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for fad

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
Recent Examples on the Web
And around one in four executives believe DEI programs are one sided, biased, and likely a fad that will go away. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 3 June 2024 With over $25 billion made between books, movies, video games, and more, the boy wizard’s commercial franchise has far outshone and outlasted most pop-culture fads. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune Europe, 30 May 2024 Unlike his colleague Andy Warhol, whose use of photography and photo-silk-screening was initially regarded as a fad that would pass (LOL), Stella legitimized the then-popular view that painting since Cézanne had been a march toward flatness. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, 5 May 2024 With a higher price point comes higher quality, and the cap sleeve 100 percent silk dresses are sure to become a travel wardrobe staple long after the popcorn fad has faded. Teddy Minford, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for fad 

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1867, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fad was in 1867

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“Fad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fad. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze
faddish adjective
faddist noun
faddy adjective

Medical Definition

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