\ ˈstī(-ə)l \

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

b : gnomon sense 1b

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 \ 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


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

The biggest differences are more questions of personal style, of background and experience, and of campaigning. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 While the food will be 1950s style, the taste and quality are upgraded to current standards, according to David Borris, a Highland Park resident and the owner of Hel’s Kitchen. Steve Sadin,, "Patty Turner Center turns back the clock to the 1950s," 12 July 2018 Following her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's style at official royal events has been decidedly ladylike. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Black Suit on Her Second Day in Ireland," 11 July 2018 The firm split the 4,300-square-foot residence into two distinct styles: one for the humans and one for the pup. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern house is designed to support a dog’s health needs," 11 July 2018 Torcal's style is very colorful and striking, which Sönmez loved and felt would fit well with her mission. Tyra Nicole Triche, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Immigration / Visual Art Love letters to the United States from immigrants are being left across Chicago," 10 July 2018 Beckham’s style is bold and distinct, a mix of sport and street with a steady flow of designer labels: Supreme, Gucci and Balenciaga, to name a few. Jamie Lisanti,, "Odell Beckham Jr. Stands Out in Style," 10 July 2018 Jada Pinkett-Smith has had both long and short hair in recent years, but this style is easily one of our favorites. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018 But this less flashy style is unlikely to endear him to environmental groups that had been critical of Pruitt. Abigail Abrams, Time, "What to Know About Andrew Wheeler, a Former Coal Lobbyist Who Will Temporarily Replace Scott Pruitt As EPA Chief," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s exactly what Lindsay White, Sophia Dion, Sweet Tooth and Desert Rhythm Project will do at Friday’s battle of the bands-styled KAABOO Discovery Tour show at downtown’s open-air Quartyard. George Varga,, "KAABOO Discovery Tour show at Quartyard will feature Lindsay White, Desert Rhythm Project, Sweet Tooth, Sophia Dion," 8 July 2018 This won't be the first time France has styled Davidson, either—earlier this year, the duo starred in a Saturday Night Live skit in which France reworked Davidson's wardrobe. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "'Queer Eye's Tan France Is Styling Pete Davidson for Pete's Wedding to Ariana Grande," 27 June 2018 Aside from styling people such as Sophie Trudeau (wife to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,) Mulroney is also a PR consultant for Kleinfeld Bridal and co-founder of The Shoebox Project charity, according to Town and Country. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Just Totally Revamped Her Look," 25 June 2018 Previous chapters have been set in sprawling old mansions, meticulously styled to look like something pulled from 19th century gothic horror novels. Juliet Bennett Rylah, Los Angeles Magazine, "After a Year Hiatus, One of L.A.’s Scariest Theater Experiences Is Returning," 22 June 2018 He's already begun partnering with other businesses teaching workshops to dads on styling hair in his town of Pueblo, Colo., population 110,000. Sonja Haller, ajc, "‘The Hair Dad’ quits job to teach other fathers to style daughters’ hair," 20 June 2018 The cars in the exhibit were engineered and styled to go fast, without constraints, says guest curator Ken Gross, a car journalist and former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Janet Eastman,, "Accelerating style: Streamlined cars, designed to go fast, arrive at Portland Art Museum (photos)," 6 June 2018 Michele served up his signature Gucci styles that twinned gothic elements with saleable street wear. Washington Post, "Death and glitter: Gucci hosts France show in Roman ruins," 2 June 2018 And for a restaurant that styles its fare as modern takes on old classics, a simple fruit cobbler sounds like just the right finish. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Where to eat for Arizona Restaurant Week? Best places to go in Phoenix May 18-27," 16 May 2018

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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)

: 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 \

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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