\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

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


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

Growing up with a hands-on mother like Diana has shaped his own parenting style. Simon Perry,, "How Prince William Is Creating the Same ‘Loving, Caring, Fun Home’ as His Mom Princess Diana," 13 July 2018 Philipp Lahm has said in a blog post on the social media platform LinkedIn that current German boss Joachim Low needs to change his leadership style in order to succeed once again, after Germany's shock World Cup exit., "Philipp Lahm Says German Boss Joachim Löw Must Change Leadership Style in Order to Succeed Again," 13 July 2018 By Jahangir’s reign (1605-27), the Mughals’ authority and influence had spread across much of modern-day India, their ruling style an ad hoc blend of Central and South Asian tradition. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 More: Jim Riggleman shows his own style of managing in interim role with Cincinnati Reds But Riggleman is reluctant to to take any credit for the turnaround. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds manager Jim Riggleman is reluctant to take credit for the team's turnaround," 13 July 2018 Brinson sees similarities in his and Maybin’s styles of play. Mike Persak,, "Cameron Maybin helping Marlins young players deal with the pressures of expectations," 12 July 2018 That would help Mr Scholz, who seems to be preparing to occupy her territory by styling himself as the natural heir to her low-key, centrist style of politics. The Economist, "An interview with Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz," 12 July 2018 And while today’s NATO summit saw tensions rise amongst the world’s leaders, these First Ladies demonstrated that despite their opposing styles, the unifying element between them is still the color of peace. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "In Belgium, Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump Are Style Opposites—But With a Similar Message," 11 July 2018 The Duchess of Sussex is slowly finding her signature style with clean silhouettes and a balanced mix of neutral and bright-colored pieces. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Taupe Roland Mouret Dress Means Business for Day 2 of Her Ireland Trip," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pete typically likes to style his fanny packs with a black-and-white look, staying true to the athleisure trend that brought the bag itself into being. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Has a Fanny Pack Obsession," 29 June 2018 Marc Jacobs knows how to style an elaborate headdress, especially with milliner Stephen Jones on his side. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Channel an Old Hollywood Starlet," 21 June 2018 Your hair length must also be able to be styled for the period. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Dwayne Johnson film seeking extras," 7 June 2018 Her efforts to style her hair were hampered by her somewhat limited mobility. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Texas Husband Takes Hairstyling Lessons to Help His Wife After a Stroke," 30 May 2018 Markle's affinity for sleek, sharp silhouettes, fine tailoring and quality basics comes second to her love of discovering new, underground brands to style her looks with. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore a Bodysuit To Her Rehearsal Dinner," 18 May 2018 Then, use the same gel from step 3 to style your edges. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "Prepare to Be Obsessed With This Gorgeous Bejeweled Fro," 8 Mar. 2018 So the challenging part is being able to style and actually create different silhouettes on a male body, that’s the immediate difference between styling a woman and a man. Yasmine Gray, Billboard, "Celebrity Stylist Ade Samuel Talks Big Sean's Style & Grammy Weekend Looks: Exclusive," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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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