\ ˈstī(-ə)l How to pronounce style (audio) \

Definition of style

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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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 And Purdey, the lone female, on looks alone, would take after Winchester, her father and an intense bird dog with style to spare. Anchorage Daily News, "Advice on how to pick a puppy (from someone who picked the whole litter)," 17 Sep. 2019 Millennial Purple is Fall’s Hottest Hue One thing millennials know how to do is make a style statement. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Style Dispatch," 17 Sep. 2019 Rhodes has also worked with some of the biggest names in the style universe, including Diana Vreeland, Suzy Menkes, Anna Sui, Manolo Blahnik, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, of Valentino. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Design icon Zandra Rhodes celebrates ’50 Fabulous Years in Fashion’," 17 Sep. 2019 The addition of Pereyra offers perhaps the best compliment to Nani’s playing style — an attacking midfielder whose passing accuracy can create sharp and swift offensive distribution. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Nani praises growth of Orlando City as the captain flourishes in final stretch of season," 17 Sep. 2019 Gomez’s style is serving serious #hairgoals, and is the perfect transitional ‘do to take your locks from summer to fall. Susan Brickell,, "Selena Gomez Is Embracing Her Natural Curls for Fall—and We Have Stylist Tips to Get Her Look," 16 Sep. 2019 For example, the migrating bird race used string and plastic cups, while vole in the hole used painted cardboard as one of the materials in a skee-ball style game. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Kids learn creative re-use can be fun with ‘Faire at the Square’ environmental message," 16 Sep. 2019 Cultural capital has been redistributed, Bernie Sanders–style. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Where Mr Fong did find a difference was in the attitudes of MBA students towards leadership styles. The Economist, "Masters of Business in Asia," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Baldwin is a spot-on casting choice who can play an arrogant aristocrat with ease; Norton styles him as a hunk of granite in suspenders, an immovable force of corruption in a fundamentally unfair city. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Motherless Brooklyn Is a Passion Project Without Heart," 31 Oct. 2019 Her hair was styled with corals, pearls, and feathers, and her crown was placed on her head. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Njinga," 4 Oct. 2019 The coach, which has also been around the country in the service of former President Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake and Tom Hanks, is now styled with Buttigieg signs, marble floors and plays news channels or football in the background. Jack Turman, CBS News, "Buttigieg presents himself as electable Democrat on Iowa bus tour," 24 Sep. 2019 Situate them on your lawn, style them on your porch, line them up along your walkway, or even arrange them in your living room next to your tree. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "These Large Christmas Ornaments Will Keep Your Lawn Merry and Bright," 19 Sep. 2019 As for those ongoing tweaks to his throwing motion that Jurkovec referenced in mid-April, Kelly again suggested any such tinkering is self-styled. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Project Phil: Rebuilding Jurkovec's shaken confidence is among Notre Dame's August goals," 2 Aug. 2019 Glass perfume bottles act as prismatic objets, and a marble slab styled with gold bijoux is part catchall, part art. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "How to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Coastal Italian Retreat," 10 Sep. 2019 To be fair, the Tim Ho Wan in the IFC Mall in Hong Kong’s Central station, where my daughter and her boyfriend and his family took me for my first lunch in Hong Kong a few months ago, was similarly styled. Daily Pilot, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 6 Sep. 2019 The soft light is reminiscent of a Renaissance painting, styled with little details like his pill bottles, a Captain America shield, and blurred iconography in the background offering hope and metaphorical rays of sunshine. National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, August 9, 2019," 9 Aug. 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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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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