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

Definition of style

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed a unique style of horseback riding the classical style of dance
b : 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
c : 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
2 : a distinctive quality, form, or type of something a new dress style the Greek style of architecture
3a : 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
4 : a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing
5a : 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


styled; styling; styles

Definition of style (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a particular style to: such as
a : to give a particular shape to (hair) She cuts and styles her own hair. His hair was styled in thick spikes pointing skyward and he was wearing a leather jacket and jeans. "I looked like a punk rocker," he admits.— Leigh Anne Williams
b : to design and make (something, such as clothing) in a particular style or for a particular purpose Our 30"-long skirt is flatteringly styled with front pleats and a plain back.Land's End catalog Kids on … BMX bikes styled like motorcycles …— Margaret Loeb The coats, even those presumably styled for hunting, are woefully too short …— Donald Atwell Zoll
c : to wear (something, such as an article of clothing) as part of a particular fashion look (see look entry 2 sense 2c) … these loafers … can easily be styled with jeans, khakis, or shorts alike, depending on the season.— Ali Smith Earlier this month, Hailey Bieber also headed to Vegas in a lime green trucker hat, styling it with a white tank and classic jeans.— Christian Allaire also : to select and arrange the clothing, hair, makeup, etc. of (someone) to create a particular fashion look [Kylie] Jenner is styled in a dress by Anthony Vaccarello from Saint Laurent's 2020 fall collection. — Danielle Drake-Flam
d : to decorate (something, such as a room) in a particular way … a … boutique hotel where each room is styled after a different country or region.— Jenny White
2 : to call or designate by an identifying term : name Jay King styles himself as the Indiana Jones of turquoise, telling tales of far-flung mines as he peddles chunky jewelry.— Belinda Luscombe … she styles herself as an entrepreneur looking to establish a "members-only club" on the model of Soho House.— Sadie Stein — see also self-styled


adjective combining form or adverb combining form

Definition of -style (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in the style of a Beaujolais-style wine

Other Words from style


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


styler noun, plural stylers

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Casey Johnson is one of today’s top regional talents, someone whose work ethic and usually clean style would impress Wisconsin’s stock car greats who barnstormed when the Mile was at its vibrant peak a couple of generations ago. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2022 Javi) for style tips, inspirations, and other recommendations. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 18 June 2022 After playing with color in a head-to-toe baby pink suit, the Duchess of Cambridge channeled classic royal style for an appearance with Prince William at the Royal Ascot today. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 18 June 2022 At the spring 2023 menswear shows, they’re being worn with power suits and summer dresses, adding a bit of sun protection and style. Irene Kim, Vogue, 18 June 2022 With summer temperatures hitting record highs this week, there's no better time to invest in lightweight and breezy dresses that deliver on comfort and style. Sanah Faroke,, 18 June 2022 Dubbed as Joys of Summer, the sunny style presentation was crafted with seaside soirees, excursions around the city, and picnics under the sun in mind. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 18 June 2022 Smit-McPhee plays country singer Jimmie Rodgers Snow, the son of Hank Snow, who is seen as wanting to imitate Elvis’ more flamboyant style, unlike his distressed father. Chris Willman, Variety, 17 June 2022 The Sox were two wins from rolling into the World Series before all their hitting just disappeared … Jayson Tatum style. Globe Staff,, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Opt to style them with sandals and a T-shirt for afternoon picnics or with heels and a breezy blouse for alfresco dinners. Brittany Vanderbill,, 6 June 2022 In a past life Stevo Johnson, a charter school teacher, helped style Mary J. Blige. Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2022 The thicker barrel is perfect for that bouncy, mega-volume look–or to style curtain bangs. ELLE, 3 June 2022 Some of the struggles that women with curly hair face in Indonesia face are quite similar to those around the world — including in the United States — like a lack of access to salons and hair stylists that can style and treat natural hair textures. Jada Jackson, Allure, 23 May 2022 Those transitioning to cottagecore from modern farmhouse or contemporary looks should keep their open shelves, but re-style them. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Each Thursday morning, Norma Matthews and her twin sister Edith Antoncecchi carefully style their hair and sometimes put on coordinating outfits. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 Duchess Kate has long been known to pull older pieces from her wardrobe to style anew. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 May 2022 No Time to Die, when the production’s wardrobe stylist tapped Barton Perreira to style Craig in the film. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of style


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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\ 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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