\ 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 For proof of how the hair color is peaking in NYC, scroll through the street-style gallery, ahead. Megan Decker,, "The Cool-Girl Hair Color Sweeping The Streets Of NYC," 11 Feb. 2020 Basic masks can block droplets from sneezes or coughs, but they're recommended for areas where the number of potential virus carriers is low -- by comparison, medics in Wuhan itself are often seen wearing full hazmat-style suits. James Griffiths, CNN, "Xi's reemergence shows how carefully China is controlling the coronavirus narrative," 11 Feb. 2020 Handsome, New York-style bagels are the ideal vehicle for Daily Driver’s excellent cultured butter and cream cheeses. Janelle Bitker,, "Jewish bakeries on the rise in the Bay Area," 14 Feb. 2020 The preamble to Oregon State spring practice is a team combine, where players for the 2020 season will show off their physical abilities doing NFL combine-style drills. oregonlive, "Oregon State football stages an NFL combine-style skills competition for 2020 players, open to public," 14 Feb. 2020 The group formed in 2013 with a slightly different lineup but a similar sound to what’s on display in the album, with galloping banjo and frenzied, punk-style ukulele. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Shoot Dangs’ debut album release promises foot-stomping and tomfoolery," 13 Feb. 2020 With a 5-foot span and bright white lettering, green highway-style signs at entrances from Beverly and Marblehead are impossible to miss. G. Jeffrey Macdonald,, "A Founding Fathers fight on the North Shore," 13 Feb. 2020 Following a hurricane decades ago, a Florida architect decided to convert a sand dune next to his house into a pair of loft-style homes. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Florida couple shows off homes created from converted sand dune," 13 Feb. 2020 The admiralty-style anchor, commonly used between the time of the Civil War to World War II, is heavily striated – time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood, despite being made of metal. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Wall Street Journal even styles itself WSJ, though mostly on the weekends. Peter Funt, WSJ, "WW and CVS Used to Stand for Something," 4 Feb. 2020 In her preteen years, Rodriguez's mom used to style her hair in single braids and cornrows. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Allure Podcast: Mj Rodriguez on Learning to Articulate Her Identity," 20 Jan. 2020 The chart-topping artist rolls into The Verge with a casual vibe, despite being accompanied by a deep entourage and styled not with a look, but a lewk. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Jess Glynne?," 19 Oct. 2018 She's made a strong case for a blunt bob since parting from her signature long hair last month, which was styled into waves for her wedding. Thatiana Diaz,, "Hilary Duff Just Debuted A Major Post-Wedding Hair Change," 19 Jan. 2020 Complementing her island vibe, Adele’s hair was styled in a loose updo which was casually held up with a clip. Darlene Aderoju,, "Adele Spotted Looking Happy & Fit During Island Getaway with Harry Styles & James Corden," 7 Jan. 2020 Williams, who was styled by Kate Young (a ), has made bold jewelry decisions in the past—remember that Fred Leighton antique diamond necklace with the yellow Vera Wang?—and Schlumberger continues that, and a great American tradition. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Michelle Williams Makes Her Red Carpet Debut with Her Fiancé Thomas Kail in Schlumberger Jewels," 6 Jan. 2020 Not only was her baby hair laid to perfection, but her strands were styled into a unique updo with a few surprising elements. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Yara Shahidi Rocked Must-See Hair At The Golden Globes After-Party," 6 Jan. 2020 Food and artisan gifts for sale, entertainment and holiday cheer are styled after the open-air Christkindlmarkts in Germany, Austria and other European countries. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Christmas in St. Paul: family friendly things to do — and eat," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of style was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 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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