life·​style | \ ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l How to pronounce lifestyle (audio) , -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

Rewards program enthusiasts take to blogs and online forums to celebrate the loyalty lifestyle, angrily shouting down anyone who dares to question the wisdom of their choices. Washington Post, "Unhappy with your travel loyalty program? Join the crowd.," 5 Sep. 2019 She's experienced the struggle of socializing while sober and started a blog about the sober lifestyle in 2017. Author: Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold," 4 Sep. 2019 It’s time to say goodbye to summer, and with it, the lifestyle of wasting time, accomplishing nothing, and casually ignoring your responsibilities. Mary Sollosi,, "Your pop culture horoscope for September: It Chapter Two, Charli XCX, and fall TV," 3 Sep. 2019 Really adapt the inventory to the fitness lifestyle. Los Angeles Times, "ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia wants you to sweat," 1 Sep. 2019 The tour, which returns after a one-year hiatus, is the main fund raiser for the organization and a chance to show off the floating homes lifestyle. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito contractor takes his floating home ‘by storm’ to build his dream," 31 Aug. 2019 The games will have new features and have been enhanced to fit the high definition lifestyle of today's technology. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Two classic Disney video games are getting an upgrade," 28 Aug. 2019 These gangs were born as a reflection of a broken society [and] created a mindset that this lifestyle is the only chance of survival. Rick Kogan,, "Brave book ‘Chicagohoodz’ offers an illustrated history, of sorts, of Chicago street gangs," 26 Aug. 2019 Today's breed of digital nomad seeks social hubs that speak to them in a slightly different way; spaces to connect and maintain the freelance lifestyle that could have them in Sydney one day, Shanghai the next. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the New Wave of Members' Clubs Are Competing With Soho House," 26 Aug. 2019

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 How to pronounce lifestyle (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifestyle

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

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