mod·​ish | \ ˈmō-dish How to pronounce modish (audio) \

Definition of modish

: fashionable, stylish a modish hat a modish writer

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Other Words from modish

modishly adverb
modishness noun

Examples of modish in a Sentence

He wore a modish gray suit and hat. the strikingly modish gowns that actresses wear to award shows
Recent Examples on the Web This has less to do with the Christian proposition and more to do with a modish and unthinking progressivism. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 Tasked with introducing this franchise's modish, candy-colored universe on screen as well as behind the camera, Banks tackles both roles with remarkable sangfroid. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 15 Nov. 2019 That is the size of the Japanese conglomerate’s Vision Fund, which holds stakes in modish technology companies including WeWork and Uber. The Economist, "The Europeans want their own Vision Fund to invest in tech," 31 Aug. 2019 But that modish phrase does not quite capture what is going on. The Economist, "Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities," 22 Aug. 2019 Although Citizen is marketed as a means to protect communities, Frame talks about it as an example of a more modish preoccupation—self-care. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, "Citizen, the Smartphone Police Blotter," 22 July 2019 At the invitation of Johnson and fellow stylist Kesha McLeod, an all-star roster of modish athletes had gathered on the first night of men’s Fashion Week in mid-June: Newton, Taylor, Victor Cruz, P.J. Tucker, Rudy Gay, Travis Kelce and more. Alex Prewitt,, "How Athletes Are Turning Arena Entrances into Fashion Shows," 22 July 2019 The modish decor includes brightly colored furniture, vaulted glass ceilings, and meeting rooms named for the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts Express. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Paris is pitching itself as the next-best thing for tech startups," 3 July 2019 The value of the shoes in the secondhand marketplace—the price tag on their clout—was about fifteen hundred dollars, a function of both their scarcity and their modish chunkiness. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of modish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Modish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of modish

: fashionable or stylish in a modern way

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