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

Definition of style

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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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for style


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


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.


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

In the style of a vintage postcard, the letters showcase Euclid landmarks: Paul Serra field, the Lincoln Electric wind turbine, a church. Laura Johnston,, "This Is Euclid Art Walk celebrates ties to Lake Erie, with lots of high school help," 12 Sep. 2019 The other wore a red shirt and had his hair cut in a style described as a high-top fade. Washington Post, "3 robberies involve men on motor scooters," 12 Sep. 2019 All five boroughs are a melting pot of cultures and major destinations on the social drink scene, and giving it’s the final day of NYFW, what better time to grab a drink (or two) in style. Dwight Brown, Essence, "These Trendy Spots Are Perfect For A Cocktail to Close Out NYFW," 11 Sep. 2019 Ms Rudd resigned with no notice, and in devastating style. The Economist, "Amber Rudd quits the cabinet and the Tory party. Who’s next?," 8 Sep. 2019 McMillon announced on Tuesday that Walmart would stop selling handguns and military-style rifles. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "U.S. Stores Are Asking Customers To Stop Openly Carrying Weapons—But Can They Actually Enforce a Restriction on Guns?," 6 Sep. 2019 By Danny Shapiro McClintock celebrated its 1989 state title team in style, outpacing rival Tempe 31-0 on Friday night at home. Staff, azcentral, "Arizona high school football Week 3 roundup: Perry outlasts Red Mountain in 4OT Thriller," 6 Sep. 2019 Call, which opened in late 2017, was meant to be a morning-to-night cafe in the style of cozy European counter spots, serving fresh breads and baked goods, salads and spreads with a full coffee bar, all of it available to-go. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "A tiny Denver cafe — named one of Bon Appétit’s best new restaurants of 2018 — is closing, but it’s only temporary," 4 Sep. 2019 The clip ends in classic Brady Bunch style: With each cast member in their own colorful box, looking up, down and side-to-side at the other members of the show. Hannah Chubb,, "Watch the Brady Bunch Cast Recreate the Theme Song in First Look at Their New HGTV Show," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier this month, Cardi shared a video of her husband attempting to style their daughter’s hair. Robyn Merrett,, "Cardi B Poses with Baby Daughter Kulture in Matching Pink Fluffy UGG Slippers: 'Me & Mine'," 29 Aug. 2019 At Solis Hair Salon, hair stylist Christina Johnston cut and styled the hair of at least eight girls at no charge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee mobile home owners group hands out thousands of backpacks for kids," 19 Aug. 2019 Salvini has styled himself as a man-of-the-people who for most of the summer has decamped to the beach. NBC News, "Italy's Salvini calls for elections, raises possibility of far-right rule," 11 Aug. 2019 In a LinkedIn profile that has since been removed, Crusius styled himself as aimless but nursing a mild interest in software development. Los Angeles Times, "Suspect in El Paso massacre ‘didn’t hold anything back’ in police interrogation," 4 Aug. 2019 Since joining forces, the Dilemma co-owners have styled hair for the Emmy Awards and Golden Globes and have been featured on network television. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "These Phoenix hair stylists were tired of the vacant space next to their salon. So they opened a bakery," 20 June 2019 Offset and Kulture Kiari are melting hearts in a new video shared by Cardi B. The Grammy Award-winning rapper shared the sweetest clip of her family on Instagram Monday, showing husband Offset styling their daughter’s hair. Claudia Harmata,, "Offset Styles Daughter Kulture's Hair in Adorable Video Shared by Cardi B," 6 Aug. 2019 In a recent photoshoot for the Harper's Bazaar 2019 Icons issue, shot by famed photographer Mario Sorrenti and styled by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld, the songstress rocks a dark pixie cut hairstyle. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Celine Dion Shows Off New Dark Pixie Cut," 2 Aug. 2019 We like how Lego has styled the Han Solo minifigure's hair. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The 21 Best Home and Outdoor Deals for Prime Day," 15 July 2019

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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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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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