life·style | \ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l, -ˌstī(-ə)l\

Definition of lifestyle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture



Definition of lifestyle (Entry 2 of 2)

: associated with, reflecting, or promoting an enhanced or more desirable lifestyle lifestyle magazines

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Synonyms for lifestyle

Synonyms: Noun

civilization, culture, life, society

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Examples of lifestyle in a Sentence


She envied the lavish lifestyles of wealthy people. Eating right and exercising are essential to having a healthy lifestyle.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Wednesday’s all-new Real Housewives of New York City, the 53-year-old mother of two confided in pals Carole Radziwill and Dorinda Medley about the challenges of being back in the Big Apple after her new lifestyle change. Dave Quinn,, "Luann de Lesseps Admits It's 'Tempting' Being Around People Who Drink Amid Her Sobriety," 11 July 2018 If you are attached, the two of you might make a major lifestyle change., "For Attorney General Maura Healey, sports were crucial to success," 11 July 2018 Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds is finally living a pain-free life and enjoying the results of his lifestyle changes. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Shows Off Ripped 'Pain Free' Body Following Auto Immune Disease Battle," 6 July 2018 Reuters The First Lady received a cut of at least $100,000 from photos of her, Donald Trump and their son, Barron, when used in news coverage, lifestyle publications, and merchandise, NBC News discovered. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Melania Trump Got Paid by the News Media's Licensing of Trump Family Photos," 2 July 2018 Arian, an unemployed video-game enthusiast, is in desperate need of a lifestyle change. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "This Is Exactly How Much You’ll Cry During Queer Eye Season Two," 15 June 2018 While drugs and therapy can be lifelines, lifestyle changes like these from Alex Korb, Ph.D., author of The Upward Spiral, can significantly help in the treatment of mild or moderate depression. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "3 Women Share the Moment They Knew They Had Depression — And How They Moved Forward," 12 June 2018 The balloons are designed to remain in place for several months, while patients receive counseling on diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes. Amanda Macmillan,, "12 People Have Died After Trying This Popular Weight-Loss Procedure. Here's What You Should Know," 7 June 2018 Find at least one other person to join in this lifestyle change. National Geographic, "Actor Adrian Grenier Is Cutting Out Plastic. Here's How You Can, Too.," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The next to benefit by what some are calling president the president's pardoning spree could be lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, convicted for obstruction of justice in 2004, and ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of corruption in 2011. USA TODAY, "Samantha Bee and Roseanne Barr: Two very different comedians facing one very angry Twitter," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of lifestyle


1915, in the meaning defined above


1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifestyle was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of lifestyle

: a particular way of living : the way a person lives or a group of people live


life·style | \ˈlīf-ˈstīl \

Kids Definition of lifestyle

: the usual way of life of a person, group, or society an active lifestyle

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