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

The second is to buy one of the many styles of toe guards or toe protectors designed for this very problem. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Sandal season: Scratchy thong solution and the truth about summer stockings," 6 June 2019 That means having functional footwear that can get you from point A to point B in style. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Everlane's "Most Comfortable" Shoe Is Here — & It Will Definitely Sell Out Fast," 5 June 2019 Dust off your wildest hat, grab your best suit and celebrate in style for the Opening Day hat contest where participants can enter to win cash prizes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "16 things to do in San Diego this summer," 4 June 2019 The service is typically for business travelers or people who want to arrive in style for parties and events by stepping out of a sleek sedan or SUV that can fit six people. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Uber and Lyft have new features that you might not know about," 4 June 2019 By fashioning a compelling style that’s rooted in ’70s-era soul and pop, Toupin confirms that breaking away from Houndmouth was a sound decision. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 The acclimation of some of these underclassmen to the Big 12 style of play will determine if the program can return to being a consistent contender in the conference championship. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Three questions facing the Big 12 this offseason," 3 June 2019 Huge coordinated protests were held throughout the country, only a few weeks after the event, in the style of the massive Women’s Marches that had taken shape after the election of Donald Trump. Vogue, "The Year in School Shootings," 2 June 2019 Saint Laurent officially debuted the campaign, shot by famed photographer David Sims, in a series of Instagram posts on May 27, and the legendary fashion line and the young actor are a match made in style heaven. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars In The Latest Yves Saint Laurent Campaign," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her gorgeous dress, which featured a V-neck and high slit up one side, was styled by her mom’s Live! with Kelly and Ryan fashion stylist, Audrey Slater. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "All About Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola's Custom Prom Dress - and Her Date's Ryan Seacrest Tuxedo!," 7 June 2019 No matter what happens between them, Trump's state visit is likely to remain controversial—his 2018 sparked protests around London, despite being styled as a working trip instead of an official state visit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Plans to Have Tea with Donald Trump," 21 May 2019 Unlike bikinis, one-piece bathing suits can easily be incorporated with the rest of your wardrobe, doubling as a bodysuit to be styled with your favorite pair of jeans or with a skirt. Glamour, "The Absolute Best One Piece Bathing Suits of 2019," 20 May 2019 Though James Charles was styled by designer Alexander Wang, people have been criticizing James's outfit for looking like it was designed for Coachella. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Is This The Reason Why James Charles Is Losing Thousands Of Followers As We Speak?," 9 May 2019 The pieces have a casual, collected feel and the space is styled with a curated eye. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Baby Nursery Will Probably Look Like This," 2 Apr. 2019 Some of the most recognizable imagery from The Face over the years include: the black and white Madonna portrait, a young Kate Moss in a Native American headdress that surely wouldn’t fly today, and Andre 3000 styled as an Egyptian prince. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 Even Apple—which is styled as a premium electronics manufacturer—sells the iPhone 7 for $449. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The mid-range Google Pixel appears in pictures—complete with headphone jack," 16 Nov. 2018 Two words: capsule wardrobe, a term that refers to a minimalist, highly practical closet featuring a limited amount of beloved, highly versatile garments that can be styled together in multiple ways. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for style

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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