\ ˈstī(-ə)l How to pronounce style (audio) \

Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2a : a distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) writes with more attention to style than to content the flowery style of 18th century prose
b : a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself the formal style of the court his style is abrasive also : a particular mode of living in high style
c : a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed a unique style of horseback riding the classical style of dance
3a : stylus
c : the filiform usually elongated part of the pistil bearing a stigma at its apex — see flower illustration
d : a slender elongated process (such as a bristle) on an animal
4 : a distinctive quality, form, or type of something a new dress style the Greek style of architecture
5a : the state of being popular : fashion clothes that are always in style
b : fashionable elegance
c : beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique an awkward moment she handled with style
6 : a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing


styled; styling

Definition of style (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to call or designate by an identifying term : name
2a : to give a particular style to
b : to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode


adjective combining form or adverb combining form

Definition of -style (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in the style of a Beaujolais-style wine

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Other Words from style


styleless \ ˈstī(-​ə)l-​ləs How to pronounce styleless (audio) \ adjective
stylelessness noun


styler noun

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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

Examples of style in a Sentence

Noun I don't like the flowery style of his writing. She has a unique style of singing. a baseball pitcher with an unusual style She writes with more attention to style than to content. The room was decorated in modern style. The car is available in several different styles. the Greek style of architecture The range of clothing styles has become more varied. His management style is abrasive. Verb She cuts and styles hair. She's having her hair styled tomorrow. a book styled for a general audience
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But some of San Francisco’s newest bagel outfits are searching for something different — a San Francisco-style bagel. Janelle Bitker,, "These bakers are done chasing the New York bagel. Say hello to the San Francisco-style bagel," 20 Nov. 2020 Tie it in front, in the back Western-style or twisted to the side like a fashionista. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 There is nothing wrong with grabbing a little inspiration from the Internet, and these creatives brought the best style this week. Nandi Howard And Danielle Wright, Essence, "The Best-Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week," 20 Nov. 2020 Bagelfeld's hits the mark of a New York-style bagel with a soft, airy interior that isn't too doughy, and an exterior that provides just the right amount of crunch and chew. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Your guide to the menu at Stoop Kid, downtown Phoenix's new bagel and burger destination," 19 Nov. 2020 The line includes 100 different products, with designs in tall, straight, and plus sizes ranging from XS to 3XL, depending on the style. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Megan Thee Stallion Just Released A Cowboy-Themed Clothing Collection at Fashion Nova," 19 Nov. 2020 In her Brooklyn brownstone, designer Delia Kenza honored the original style of the home’s architecture, ornate mantel and all. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Building or Renovating Your Fireplace," 19 Nov. 2020 Part of that is due to the Big Ten's style of play. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "This year's Big Ten title chase shows defense still matters," 19 Nov. 2020 But despite this global shift in the game, Pereyra wears both the number and the playing style of a traditional No. 10. Julia Poe,, "Mauricio Pereyra is elite conductor of Orlando City attack," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The booties can be dressed up or down, but Holmes like to style them with a simple pair of jeans. Maya Mcdowell, Marie Claire, "How Our EIC Has Perfected Her Work-From-Home Routine," 9 Nov. 2020 After years of learning how to style and protect her strands, Ross got the idea to develop a line of products specifically for curly hair. Aimee Simeon,, "Black Celebs Are Transforming The Hair Aisle & Hollywood," 22 Oct. 2020 But knotless box braids are more than just a gorgeous way to style natural hair. Amber Rambharose, Glamour, "Your Ultimate Guide to Knotless Braids," 16 Oct. 2020 Bella Hadid has always known how to style a throwback. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid’s Latest Look Is a Trip Back to the 2000s," 7 Oct. 2020 The ballot question would style Florida elections similar to those in California. Brendan Farrington,, "Florida Supreme Court asked to nullify ballot question about opening primaries to all voters," 13 Oct. 2020 The Amendment 3 ballot question would style Florida elections similar to those in California. Brendan Farrington,, "Suit seeks to nullify Florida ballot Amendment 3 question on primaries," 13 Oct. 2020 Morgan Stanley is a midsize player in that space, too small to reap the cost savings of being a giant like BlackRock Inc. but too big to credibly style itself a boutique. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley to Buy Eaton Vance for $7 Billion," 8 Oct. 2020 The futuristic-looking blow dryer comes with three magnetic attachments — a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator and diffuser — that enables her to style and manage her curly 3B hair. NBC News, "National Hair Day: Best products from Sephora, Ulta and more," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of style


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for style


Middle English stile, style, from Latin stilus spike, stem, stylus, style of writing; perhaps akin to Latin instigare to goad — more at stick

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The first known use of style was in the 14th century

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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce -style (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed
: a particular form or design of something
: a way of behaving or of doing things



English Language Learners Definition of style (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to give (yourself) a name or title even if you do not really deserve it
: to give a particular shape to (someone's hair)
: to design (something) for a particular purpose


\ ˈstīl How to pronounce style (audio) \

Kids Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a particular form or design of something classical style of dance Dinner was served buffet style.
2 : a way of speaking or writing
3 : an individual way of behaving or doing something He changed his style of holding the bat and hit more balls.
4 : a method, manner, or quality that is felt to be very respectable, fashionable, or proper : fashion They dine in style. Dad's clothes are out of style.
5 : an easy and graceful manner She handled the situation with style.
6 : the narrow middle part of the pistil of a flower


styled; styling

Kids Definition of style (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to design and make in a known or new style well-styled hats
2 : to give a special shape to someone's hair
3 : to identify by some descriptive term : call She styles herself an expert.

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