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 fashion (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 fashion (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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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 It’s often been said that fashion is like high school, and there was indeed a teen dream theme to many a fall 2021 collection. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "School Daze or Purple Haze: Are You a Prep or a Punk?," 28 Apr. 2021 At the same time, the league average ERA has not moved in a linear fashion. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "From two-way star Shohei Ohtani to soaring strikeout totals, MLB's wacky April has been full of 'anomaly stuff'," 28 Apr. 2021 The Pine Crest senior student-athletes were hoping for an opportunity to cap off their high school careers in a strong fashion. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pine Crest swimming and diving celebrates another state title," 28 Apr. 2021 But fashion, as any astute observer will attest, is one big retro cycle. Horacio Silva, Robb Report, "How the NBA Tunnel Walk Became One of the Menswear World’s Most Influential Runways," 24 Apr. 2021 Elderly style role models often hopped off the trend train years ago, so their fashion sense skews more elegantly traditional. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Why Millennials and Gen Z Are Taking Fashion Cues From Grandparents," 22 Apr. 2021 Among many of the qualities fans admired in Utica, one was her out-of-this-world fashion sense. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Utica Queen Wiggles Down to Her 'Drag Race' Playlist with Carly Rae Jepsen, Olivia Rodrigo & More," 16 Apr. 2021 Early post-Soviet women’s fashion was inclined to maximalism, with an abundance of neon colors, rhinestones, and spandex. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "No More Mother-Saviors," 13 Apr. 2021 According to Calkins, the woman’s records were as impeccable as her fashion sense. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, "Rising With The SALT Tide: The Legacy Of Tax Partner Carol Calkins," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Competent government should fashion a rational immigration policy creating a net benefit—a policy that ensures that new immigrants will increase our resources rather than decrease them. WSJ, "Immigration Is a Moral Issue, but Is Complex," 29 Apr. 2021 To do justice to his achievements, to measure his contributions to fashion, to contain so many indelible memories of such a complex talent into a single narrative is an overwhelmingly undoable task. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "A Personal Tribute to the Late, Great Alber Elbaz," 25 Apr. 2021 The retailer seemingly has it all, but to fashion insiders it’s a coveted place to discover the latest and greatest in the industry. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "30 of our favorite fashion finds under $100 at Nordstrom right now," 2 Apr. 2021 The couple, who have one son in high school and another in college, asked Palm to fashion it into a stylish yet relaxed hangout space. BostonGlobe.com, "How they brought a 1970s deck house back to its mid-century modern-style glory," 26 Mar. 2021 In a region where authoritarian governments have crushed or co-opted Islamist movements, Ennahda has sought to fashion itself an example of compatibility between Islam and democracy. Washington Post, "Still making the case for Islam and democracy in a Tunisia battered by crises," 4 Mar. 2021 Cardi aired her grievances on Twitter, shocking her followers by revealing that she had not been notified by the network's plan to fashion an entire episode about her meteoric rise to the top of the music charts. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Cardi B’s Origin Story Is Coming To TV Without Her Blessing," 11 Mar. 2021 The opportunity to fashion a solid team around Dak exists. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Dak Prescott’s new contract means the pressure has elevated for three members of the Cowboys organization," 11 Mar. 2021 With New York following the lead of more than a dozen states in legalizing recreational marijuana, Democratic lawmakers sought to fashion their proposal on the best practices from other states, hoping to make New York’s program a national model. New York Times, "New York Reaches a Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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“Fashion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fashion. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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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.

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