\ 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

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

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 Regina King and Uzo Aduba used their Emmys 2020 style choices to make a powerful statement: T-shirts with Breonna Taylor's face on it. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Regina King and Uzo Aduba Wore Breonna Taylor Shirts to the Emmys 2020," 21 Sep. 2020 The oversized light-wash style retails for $1,400 and features adjustable straps, large pockets and side button closures. Hanna Flanagan,, "Gucci Debuts $1,200 Jeans Designed with Grass Stains Around the Knees," 21 Sep. 2020 Critics of the Chicago Police Department, however, worried the new team’s style of enforcement could mirror what some considered to be overly aggressive tactics of units just like it that disbanded many years ago. Jeremy Gorner,, "Chicago police to increase number of officers on roving anti-violence team," 21 Sep. 2020 The style star also wowed in a second look from Giorgio Armani while accepting the award for best lead actress in a drama series. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Emmys 2020: Regina King, Zendaya, more favorite looks, from virtual red-carpet glam to loungewear," 21 Sep. 2020 Both outfits spoke to her status as a daring style star and the spirited fun of 2020s virtual ceremony. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Zendaya and Law Roach Pulled Off a Historic Emmys Moment," 21 Sep. 2020 The documents question the museum’s top-down management style and the truthfulness of MOCA’s public statements about the cancellation of the Leonardo show. Steven Litt, cleveland, "MOCA Cleveland to reopen Oct. 1 as it reckons with charges of censorship, racial blind spots," 20 Sep. 2020 There will be lots of variation in quantity, quality, alcohol levels, and style this year. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "Wildfires, trade wars, COVID-19: The 2020 global wine harvest may go down as the most challenging yet," 20 Sep. 2020 But Skinner remained committed to the style of building through the defense. Julia Poe,, "3 things we learned from Orlando Pride draw with North Carolina Courage," 20 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With a national election just a few months away and an economic recession even more deeply cleaving the fates of the affluent from those of the poor, Democrats can no longer afford to style themselves as the party of a thousand technocratic tweaks. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Incredibly Obvious Way to Win Elections and Weather the Recession," 9 Sep. 2020 There are a million different ways to style this versatile number. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "20 adorable dresses with pockets," 8 Sep. 2020 The Streetz has also been slowly bringing out wigs, makeup, combs and brushes so homeless people can style themselves. Alicia Lee, CNN, "This woman is beautifying Skid Row one makeover at a time. And not even the pandemic can stop her from helping the homeless," 30 Aug. 2020 Also, hair that is one-day dirty seems to style more easily. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Vinegar to the rescue for a dirty toilet," 6 Aug. 2020 Even with the increasing number of Black stylists who are revolutionizing what Hollywood beauty means, there are still not enough professionals who actually know how to style Black hair. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "17 Famous Women on How Hollywood Still Can’t Get Black Hair Right," 27 Aug. 2020 And as Ratajkowski demonstrates, style them right and their soccer-mom reputation is no more. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Makes the Case for Bermuda Shorts," 26 Aug. 2020 All that's left to style your candle in your favorite space and enjoy! Follow House Beautiful on Instagram. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Make Your Own Candles at Home," 10 Aug. 2020 Senators style themselves as more aggressive than their counterparts in the House — a difference that could be tied to the fact that delegates face elections next year while senators do not. Washington Post, "Lawmakers return to Richmond with high-stakes agenda of coronavirus, criminal justice issues," 17 Aug. 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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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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