style

noun
\ 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
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 \ 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

Soon, the owners upscaled the décor to what became the dominant style for the first generation of Hollywood power-lunch spots: all dark wood and deep leather banquettes. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "This Iconic Hollywood Restaurant Lets You Travel Back in Time," 13 Feb. 2019 The dark style works best in a kitchen with plenty of natural light (otherwise, things can feel too dark). Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 The same style is also available in vibrant pink and yellow satin. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore a Slinky Velvet Minidress to Jennifer Aniston's 50th Birthday Party," 10 Feb. 2019 Just this past week, Camilla Parker Bowles stepped out sporting the brand's Mini Venice bag—the same style that Meghan Markle wore in Cardiff last year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle, Camilla Parker Bowles, and More Royal Family Members Have a New Favorite Bag Label," 2 Feb. 2019 Built in partnership with Castle Homes, the 6,000-square-foot house will be built in the English Arts and Crafts style in the historic Belle Meade neighborhood. House Beautiful, "The 2019 Whole Home Is Coming To Nashville," 30 Jan. 2019 These are the six most common crawling styles, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019 The 20-year-old's daring style is always one of the most talked about looks of any event and this night was no different. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 As part of the Big Three — the most important American designers of the time, with Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis — Klein established the style that would come to dominate American runways for decades. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kim wore her long raven hair down with loose waves styled by her go-to hairstylist, Chris Appleton. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wears the Sexiest Vintage Versace Dress to the amFAR Gala," 8 Feb. 2019 Remember that at the dawn of the 2010s, the paradigm for an electric car would've been the original Nissan Leaf—a little dumpy, decidedly unsexy, styled to signal the driver's eco-consciousness above all else. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 2019 Beautiful #fridayinspiration for fun #kidsroom design styled by @0utsidetheboxfox 🖤 Shop the Clothing rack via our bio! 👈🏻 . . Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "6 Things You Should Know Before Creating A Chalkboard Wall In Your Home," 25 Sep. 2018 For the big day, the bride wore a white lace dress with a cape by Reem Acra and styled by Brad Goreski and Daniela Romero, while the groom went with a classic look in a tux. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Reveals She Underwent Shoulder Surgery on Honeymoon — 5 Days After Her Wedding," 5 July 2018 Elizabeth DeLeon, 56, works at NYU Langone Medical Center and has been getting her hair styled by Ms. Bermudez for more than two decades. Bill Vourvoulias, New York Times, "A Smart Haircut," 12 Apr. 2018 Fast chargers will cut that time to as little as two and a half hours, and Bentley offers buyers the option to purchase a stylish aluminum rapid charger styled by industrial designer Philippe Starck. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Electric Six! Bentley Downsizes with Plug-In Hybrid Bentayga," 5 Mar. 2018 Joan built an entire industry around interest in red-carpet fashion—but that moment is over, because every single actress and actor is hitting the red carpet fully styled by the most talented designers with absolutely no financial restrictions. Kathy Griffin, Time, "Kathy Griffin: Hollywood Is Changing. The Red Carpet Needs to Change Too," 2 Mar. 2018 The entire collection was based around one item: A Japanese-inspired jewelry organizer styled like a bento box. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo's Massive Net Worth Proves That It Pays to Keep a Tidy House," 16 Jan. 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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stylate

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-style

stylebook

styledom

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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 \

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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