\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

Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ is celebrating Fry Day Friday in style. Hayley Harding,, "Celebrate National French Fry Day With These Fry Deals," 13 July 2018 The athletic march, in Olympic style, also has been an event stable, taking place at SDCCU Stadium since 2004. Glae Thien,, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018 The event will feature 1950s drive-in style food and dance contests that include the twist and jitterbug. Steve Sadin,, "Patty Turner Center turns back the clock to the 1950s," 12 July 2018 Kundalini: In this style of yoga, the emphasis is on the breath, chanting and meditation. Susannah Bryan,, "Five yoga styles to know," 10 July 2018 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip also arrived in style after skipping Monday’s christening, a decision explained by one source as a way to conserve energy for the packed week ahead. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Royal Couples Redefined Squad Goals at a Major Royal Air Force Event," 10 July 2018 Contrasts in style: Mount scored a school-record 61 points in a 108-107 loss to Big Ten champ Iowa with one week left in the season. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Here are Purdue basketball's top 10 career scorers," 10 July 2018 Jordan once again pulled me aside to talk in style. Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Some are in traditional Semenov style, hand-painted in traditional red, gold and black with leaves and vines wrapping around the wooden exteriors. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ceviche and ropa vieja stand out, as do the restaurant's Miami Beach-styled takes on Puerto Rico's classic mofongo with either colossal shrimp or veggies. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 20 Mar. 2018 Drake apparently had the idea to style himself in blackface wearing a Jim Crow T-shirt, according to Leyes in Instagram comments as the diss track was going viral. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pusha T vs. Drake: the long history of rap’s feud of the moment," 31 May 2018 There's a white stripe in her hair, which is styled in dreadlocks. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Amber Alert issued for teenage girl yanked into an SUV | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 But cool details like iridescent perforation on the Air Force 1 Lover, translucent fabric on the Air Jordan 1 Explorer, and playful Nike branding on the Air Force 1 Jester give each of the monotone styles a color of their own. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, "See Nike’s New Reimagined 1 Women's Sneaker Collection," 18 Jan. 2018 The architectural style of these five adobe buildings was typical of the early postwar development and continued the practice of western-styled building that distinguished the nearby downtown buildings. azcentral, "Historic buildings in Scottsdale you need to see," 26 Apr. 2016 In whimsical, yet strong, feminine looks styled by Giovanna Battaglia, Franke dons a dramatic top-knot that mirrors the style on the Fall runway, created by Orlando Pita. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch: What the Making of a Campaign is Really Like for a Model," 31 July 2014 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

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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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