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 See above for some of the best red carpet fashions. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Country music's biggest stars walk the red carpet at 53rd annual CMA Awards," 14 Nov. 2019 Giorgio Armani is running his fashion empire at the age of 85. The Economist, "Octogenarians are shaking up Italian business," 14 Nov. 2019 The company’s hoping to generate more demand for its fashions in China by teaming up with internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. to experiment with creating new stores that connect consumers online lives to their physical retail experience. Washington Post, "Burberry Needs a Revolution," 14 Nov. 2019 In conversation with Fast Company senior writer Mark Wilson, West referenced everybody from filmmaker Wes Anderson to Leonardo Da Vinci to Jesus Christ, but the focus was mostly on fashion. NBC News, "Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to the Americas," 14 Nov. 2019 The royal, who remains a major fashion icon, was photographed in her red sheep jumper in the '80s while attending a polo match. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Harry Styles Just Channeled Princess Diana in a Chic Sheep Sweater Vest," 13 Nov. 2019 The Prince of Wales is getting into the fashion business. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Partners with the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group on a Sustainable New Fashion Collection," 13 Nov. 2019 The luxury item was a birthday gift from her husband, and the French fashion house has since discontinued it, Beyder's attorney, Alexandra Errico, told CBS MoneyWatch. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Country club sued its own waiter for spilling wine on $30,000 handbag," 12 Nov. 2019 Noticing our anguish, one of the mahouts calmly slices off two segments of bamboo, fashions a couple of tubes, fills them with stream water, and adds a pinch of salt from his pack to each. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Developers built them in white suburbs, far removed from cities and public transportation routes, fashioning castles of commerce for the white middle class. Johnny Joo, Smithsonian, "The Rise of the Zombie Mall," 18 Sep. 2019 Visitors also enjoyed countless free activities, including face painting, a bundt cake decorating station, colorful clowns fashioning balloon animals, a free paint-on-canvas activity courtesy of A.C. Moore in Parma, various crafts and more. cleveland.com, "Arts in Strongsville’s ‘Day at the Chalet’ remains popular after 20 years," 17 Sep. 2019 Famed anthropologist Wade Davis inadvertently created an academic urban legend with his account of an elderly Inuit man in the 1950s who fashioned a knife out of his own frozen feces and vanished into the Arctic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend," 16 Sep. 2019 While Simmons was celebrating her 50th birthday with a good ‘ole fashioned roast, Locken showed up late to the party ready to perform. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "D'Andra Simmons on Claims That LeeAnne Locken's Husband Allegedly Cheated: 'It's the Truth I Know'," 11 Sep. 2019 Once inside the ornate and refurbished venue, a runway was fashioned in front of the stage, and in between stood a piano — another hint that clothes would be merely part of the story Jean-Raymond planned to tell. NBC News, "Pyer Moss celebrates black culture during Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2019 The first unnatural hurdle Denver fashioned is a license just to invite a guest into your own home. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Denver’s war against people and their houseguests, via AirBNB," 6 Sep. 2019 His memorable one season in Wisconsin still evokes some thrilling Badgers moments, and the five-time Pro Bowler has fashioned a remarkable career with the Seahawks. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These former Wisconsin Badgers are all on NFL rosters as the season nears its kickoff," 3 Sep. 2019 The 45-minute salt therapy sessions take place in a room fashioned to simulate natural Himalayan salt caves. Kathi Santora, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air spa’s salt therapy sessions praised for therapeutic and relaxation benefits," 19 Aug. 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
How to pronounce fashion (audio)

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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