style

noun
\ 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

style

verb
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

Noun

styleless \ ˈstī(-​ə)l-​ləs How to pronounce styleless (audio) \ adjective
stylelessness noun

Verb

styler noun

Choose the Right Synonym for style

Noun

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

Watch below for an inside look at how Linda's colorful creations come to life, then read on for the working mom's style must-haves. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "What This Insta-Famous Mom Wears for a 12-Hour Workday," 8 Apr. 2019 Havenly designers predict that the nursery will be similar to her Toronto residence: regal and royal, but not stuffy—a contemporary take on a classic British style. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 The similarity of the methods for producing champagne and franciacorta mean that the two styles have plenty in common. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prosecco Isn't the Champagne of Italy, Franciacorta Is," 15 Mar. 2019 Courtesy Consider this look the cool girl's answer to carnival style. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Vests, Your New Spring Wardrobe Staple," 28 Feb. 2019 His mock recreation of a 1992 ski film, using all period equipment, is a time-warp masterpiece that makes explicit points about slavish commitment to contemporary styles. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Is Everyone Skiing on the Wrong Skis?," 21 Feb. 2019 More contemporary drinks can be downed at Tales and Spirits (which also has its own shop), Door 74 (speakeasy style), or the Flying Dutchmen (teeny tiny but terrific). Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Inspired by the Usonian style and constructed in 1957, the 2,192-square-foot house boasts local materials that were hand-picked by the original owners. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury home with original details asks $595K," 21 Dec. 2018 Legend has it that Mendeleev arranged the elements using the style of the card game solitaire, finding matches and arranging them by weight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The actress even has her brunette hair styled in Spade's signature updo. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Brosnahan, Kate Spade's Niece, Stars in a New Campaign Honoring the Late Designer," 30 Jan. 2019 Per People, Kate actually wore a similar red skirt with a black blazer and boots a decade ago, styled in almost exactly the same way. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade," 7 Dec. 2018 However, each room has a beautiful, large custom door that can slide to hide the shampoo bowls and styling swivel chairs in it to cleverly transform the building’s hallways into a rectangular art gallery for evening exhibits. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Art Exhibit at Eccentric Art Gallery runs through June," 8 June 2018 The duo – who share the same haircut and have beards styled in the same way – smiled at the camera wearing identical outfits. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Ben Affleck Shares Selfie With 'Legend' Lookalike Stunt Double on Set of New Film," 3 May 2018 In the image, two white Barbie dolls sport simple ponytails, while a black Barbie has one side of her head hair braided in dark cornrows and the rest styled in bouncy golden curls. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Black Barbie's 'half-finished' hairstyle causing controversy, drawing mixed reviews," 1 May 2018 Before, the posture of the U.S. and many of its allies was largely to co-opt China into the global system on the presumption that its development would lead to a convergence with democratic institutions and open markets styled in the West. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump plans to announce steel tariffs, but may allow exemptions for U.S allies after all," 7 Mar. 2018 However, Kylie's new cover for the mag is a lot more demure, with her shot close-up, softly-filtered, and styled in a chunky red turtleneck sweater and matching lip. Eileen Reslen, Cosmopolitan, "All of the Genius Ways Kylie Jenner Hid Her Baby Bump," 6 Feb. 2018 Though Ratajkowski, Kardashian, and Hadid all wore their cargo pants with crop tops, the spring 2019 runways during Fashion Week presented some alternative ways to style them. Glamour, "It’s True: Cargo Pants Are Actually Coming Back," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of style

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for style

Noun

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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stylebook

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style

noun

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

style

verb

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

style

noun
\ 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

style

verb
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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