fash·​ion·​able | \ ˈfash-nə-bəl How to pronounce fashionable (audio) , ˈfa-shə-nə- \

Definition of fashionable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : conforming to the custom, fashion, or established mode
2 : of or relating to the world of fashion



Definition of fashionable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fashionable person

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fashionability \ ˌfash-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce fashionable (audio) , ˌfa-​shə-​nə-​ \ noun
fashionableness \ ˈfash-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce fashionable (audio) , ˈfa-​shə-​ \ noun
fashionably \ ˈfash-​nə-​blē How to pronounce fashionable (audio) , ˈfa-​shə-​nə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for fashionable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of fashionable in a Sentence

Adjective It isn't fashionable to express such an opinion these days. fashionable people who know all the right restaurants
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The downside: Most slippers on the market are just not fashionable or fun. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "Birdies Shoes Claim to Be As Comfy As Slippers — Here's What to Know Before Buying," 31 Mar. 2021 This classic Colonial Revival architecture was fashionable in Oregon between 1890 and 1915. oregonlive, "Loomis armored car founder’s Portland mansion is for sale at $3.2 million," 1 Apr. 2021 This knife set is both fashionable and functional and the slim knife block design takes up less room on the counter than other similar sets. Katy Severson,, "Best Japanese knife sets," 6 Mar. 2021 Blue light blocking glasses are functional and fashionable. Popular Science, "Blue light blocking glasses that give your eyes a needed screen reprieve," 19 Feb. 2021 These selections are fashionable enough to go with every outfit in your suitcase. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "These Amazon Slip-On Sneakers Are Bound To Be the Most Comfortable Shoes You Own," 31 Mar. 2021 His video comes at a moment when the plight of blue-collar workers in the US is suddenly politically fashionable. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Biden's union promises, and an interview with Hungary's Klubradio," 3 Mar. 2021 Her subjects—Judaism, the Holocaust, the Diaspora, Israel, and the near sanctity of literature—were not the most fashionable pursuits in the Seventies and Eighties, when pop culture and poststructuralism came dancing through the gates of literature. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle and the Scramble," 16 Mar. 2021 The standout was the Birdyard, a basement cocktail lounge in the eighth district—a just-outside-of-the-Ring neighborhood that has become increasingly fashionable over the past decade or so. John Wray, Travel + Leisure, "Vienna Is Beloved for Its Museums, Café Culture, and Gorgeous Parks — But It’s Now One of Europe’s Most Exciting Cities for Nightlife," 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More recently, quarries about 30 miles north of Paris specialize in an especially hard variety of Lutetian limestone fashionable in upscale building projects around the world. Washington Post, "Hiking along Virginia’s Aquia Creek and finding history a stone’s throw from home," 2 Apr. 2021 Anthony Bourdain in particular, with his seminal 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential, made food service fashionable, turning crass, hard-partying hourly grease slingers like us into underground rock stars. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 The clog’s turn for the fashionable has been talked about ever since the aforementioned Crocs runways. Irina Grechko,, "It’s Official: We Are In The Golden Age Of Clogs," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fashionable


circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fashionable


fashion entry 1 or fashion entry 2 + -able

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The first known use of fashionable was circa 1580

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“Fashionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fashionable

: currently popular
: dressing and acting in a way that is currently popular


fash·​ion·​able | \ ˈfa-shə-nə-bəl How to pronounce fashionable (audio) , ˈfash-nə- \

Kids Definition of fashionable

: following the current fashion or style fashionable clothes

Other Words from fashionable

fashionably \ -​blē \ adverb fashionably dressed

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