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style

noun \ ˈstī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of style

2 a : 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
3 a : stylus
b : gnomon 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
5 a : 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

styleless

play \ˈstī(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective

stylelessness

noun

Examples of style in a Sentence

  1. I don't like the flowery style of his writing.

  2. She has a unique style of singing.

  3. a baseball pitcher with an unusual style

  4. She writes with more attention to style than to content.

  5. The room was decorated in modern style.

  6. The car is available in several different styles.

  7. the Greek style of architecture

  8. The range of clothing styles has become more varied.

  9. His management style is abrasive.

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Origin and Etymology of style

Middle English stile, style, from Latin stilus spike, stem, stylus, style of writing; perhaps akin to Latin instigare to goad — more at stick

Synonym Discussion of 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

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style

verb

Definition of style

styled; styling
transitive verb
1 : to call or designate by an identifying term : name
2 a : to give a particular style to
b : to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode

styler

noun

Examples of style in a Sentence

  1. She cuts and styles hair.

  2. She's having her hair styled tomorrow.

  3. a book styled for a general audience

Recent Examples of style from the Web

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First Known Use of style

circa 1580


-style

adjective combining form or adverb combining form

Definition of -style

: being in the style of
  • a Beaujolais-style wine


STYLE Defined for English Language Learners

style

noun

Definition of style for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of style for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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style

noun \ ˈstīl \

Definition of style for Students

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

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style

verb

Definition of style for Students

styled; styling
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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