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 rest of the nearly 7-hour hearing unfolded in a similar fashion, with a lot of theatrics and very little substance. Alana Abramson, Time, "In Corey Lewandowski's Hearing, Democrats Learn Escalating Impeachment Rhetoric Won't Make the White House Cooperate," 17 Sep. 2019 Granddaughter Naomi, 43, pursued fashion, in part due to her grandmother’s style and eye for art. Liz Mcneil, PEOPLE.com, "Elizabeth Taylor's Family Launches Art Auction to Benefit Her AIDS Foundation: See the Collection," 17 Sep. 2019 The two-year-old conglomerate was a mixture of panels, activations, and performances while focusing on music, fashion, beauty, and wellness. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Style At The 2019 ENVSN Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Banks arrived at his five-year total in much different fashion, hitting two home runs in 10 games in 1953, 19 in his rookie season in ’54, 44 in ’55, 28 in ’56 and 43 in ’57. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Kris Bryant set a Cubs record for home runs in his first 5 years. How does his output compare to Ernie Banks?," 16 Sep. 2019 Jimenez picked up his seventh save in nine tries this season in dramatic fashion, retiring the first two men of the ninth before allowing three straight hits, which brought up slugger Trey Mancini as the go-ahead run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers still chasing No. 1 draft pick after Tyler Alexander's gem," 16 Sep. 2019 The stories play out in song-cycle fashion, against the backdrop of a strikingly handsome giant tree, designed by Lance Landry. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Seasons’ gently and movingly showcases the human circle of life | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 The last piece of the puzzle was most important: the individual in the suit, and in true Auburn fashion, the man became the first Aubie was an underdog on the brink of a comeback. Tom Wofford, al, "40 years ago Aubie the Tiger jumped into mascot history," 14 Sep. 2019 Erika Harrsch fashions obsolete paper currency, replaced by the euro, into origami butterfly specimens. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The heady works of Soriano at OAS Art Museum of the Americas," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oppenheimer, a former Madeira city councilman who fashions himself as a watchdog for taxpayers, has filed multiple unsuccessful suits against Madeira. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Madeira resident to judge: Toss suit city filed against me," 24 June 2019 And any bonafide car collector — or hardcore frisbee collector, for that matter — needs a fancy garage, so Koum has set about fashioning himself a world-class example. Variety, The Mercury News, "WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum assembles an $80 million Atherton compound," 12 June 2019 During his time in Springfield, del Valle aligned himself with a group of Latino lawmakers who fashioned themselves as independent from the party bosses and battled against then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s patronage process. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: A look at the winners — J.B. Pritzker among them — and losers in spring legislative session.," 3 June 2019 Pasha conferred this once-ancient title upon me, to fashion me after Süleyman’s most beloved and trusted haseki. Teen Vogue, "The First Excerpt of Samira Ahmed's "Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know" Is an Immersive YA Adventure Story in Paris," 10 Sep. 2019 In recent years, however, the 11-foot-tall, 7,000-pound bull has become the target of activists who have fashioned it as the symbol of various social ills, from inequity and patriarchy to climate change denial and budget cuts. oregonlive, "Banjo-wielding Texas man accused of damaging Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’," 10 Sep. 2019 In recent years however, the 11-foot tall, 7,000-pound bull has become the target of activists who have fashioned it as the symbol of various social ills, from inequity and patriarchy to climate denial and budget cuts. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’ has been defaced again — this time by a metal banjo," 9 Sep. 2019 Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink noted during an arraignment on Tuesday that Smith had reportedly found rope in an elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend, before fashioning it into a noose. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "University of Illinois Student Charged With Hate Crime After Noose Was Found In Dorm Elevator," 5 Sep. 2019 The calculus is more complicated for candidates like Harris and O’Rourke, who fashion themselves as political reformers. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Small donors don’t cut it for many Democratic candidates. Back to the rich," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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