style

noun
\ 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

style

verb
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

Definition of -style (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in the style of a Beaujolais-style wine

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Other Words from style

Noun

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

Verb

styler noun

Choose the Right Synonym for style

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

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

Our farmhouse-style queen, design savior, and brand new BFF of Jennifer Lopez is always surprising us with her wide array of talents and fun quirks. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Has Been Hiding Her Gymnastics Skills from Us This Whole Time," 8 Mar. 2019 From there, make your way into the main floor’s expansive hangout areas, with soaring ceilings and a futuristic-style architecture that sets the stage for the magnificence of each respective room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Damien Hirst Designs the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2019 On the other end of the spectrum, comfy, boy short underwear-style harnesses, such as the TomBoii Boxer Brief ($120), are also popular. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "9 Things to Know Before You Try Strap-On Sex," 2 Mar. 2019 Plus, on-screen keyboards allow swipe-style texting that's a wonder for one-handed use. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Keyboard Phone Just Will Not Die," 28 Feb. 2019 The athletic, greyhound-style dogs became eligible for Westminster just two years ago. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "A breed apart: Rare Westminster dogs have ring to themselves," 13 Feb. 2019 In fact, the Ouverture bags aren't the brand’s first Bauhaus-style pieces. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 While many might consider Shaker-style cabinets to be traditional in style, the clean lines and simplicity of the design can skew contemporary or modern, especially when paired with the right hardware. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Doors and Drawers," 11 Feb. 2019 Anthem looks to combine the storytelling the studio is known for with Destiny-style action, all set in a brand-new sci-fi universe that will change and grow over time. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Though Ratajkowski, Kardashian, and Hadid all wore their cargo pants with crop tops, the spring 2019 runways during Fashion Week presented some alternative ways to style them. Glamour, "It’s True: Cargo Pants Are Actually Coming Back," 14 Mar. 2019 Meghan chose to style the coat with her trusty black Aquazzura bow pumps and a simple small clutch, as well as her go-to effortless up-do hairstyle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Very Kate Middleton-esque, Green Embellished Erdem Coat," 11 Mar. 2019 At times, so also changed the setting to style them differently. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Pearl and Diamond Earrings to the BAFTAs," 11 Feb. 2019 Each room in the lodge is uniquely styled, but all have dark-wood furnishings, a Nordic color scheme, and bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The algorithms also know which styles people with different profiles tend to favor — say, a petite nurse with children who lives in Texas. New York Times, "High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too," 7 July 2018 These bangs are on my face now, better figure out how to style them. Caitlin Petreycik, Seventeen, "The Emotional Stages of Getting Bangs," 5 Mar. 2015 The 28-year-old actress looked incredibly elegant in a hot pink, one-shoulder gown by Zac Posen, styled with glamorous, turquoise teardrop earrings from Lorraine Schwartz, and an effortless up-do hairstyle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Lost All Chill Over Sarah Hyland at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party," 26 Feb. 2019 Kim met the rapper through styling his sister, Brandy Norwood. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Well Do You Know Kim Kardashian's Love Life?," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of style

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for style

Noun

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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stylebook

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style

noun

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

style

verb

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

style

noun
\ 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

style

verb
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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