\ 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


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


adjective combining form or adverb combining form

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 There are other breweries that make this style, but only on a seasonal basis. Matt Koesters,, "These Cincinnati shelfies will have you beaming," 8 May 2020 Smaller discussions groups can help accommodate different schedules and styles of using the day and night. Sarah Ransdell, The Conversation, "Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum," 7 May 2020 Find slippers in the right size, color and style at Bed Bath & Beyond. oregonlive, "5 ways to improve life during stay-at-home time: Treats for Mom, teachers and you," 7 May 2020 Note: these 247SPorts rankings include both pro-style and dual-threat quarterback prospects. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Worth the wait: Stuck behind two star QBs, Highland Park’s Brayden Schager is ready to show his patience paid off," 6 May 2020 By our count, Duff owns this specific Allbirds style in at least three different colors — natural grey, natural white, and a mauve-pink color that’s no longer available — only proving her adoration for the brand’s comfy footwear. Alex Warner,, "Hilary Duff Loves These Comfy Sneakers So Much, She Owns 3 Pairs," 6 May 2020 The new format appears to have slightly changed not just form but also function, not just style but also substance. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Remote arguments are forcing US Supreme Court justices to wait their turn," 6 May 2020 West Valley Padre Murphy’s Give mom a break with a three-course dinner served May 9-10, that can be ordered family- or single-serving style. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Mother's Day: Here are 31 restaurants for takeout brunch and dinner in metro Phoenix," 5 May 2020 The Indiana Department of Education has offered districts guidelines and ideas for graduation celebrations including outdoor displays to honor graduates, tools for virtual ceremonies and ideas for drive-in style ceremonies. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "IMS to host 2020 graduation for Speedway High School," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just the day before, she was also snapped on the streets of Milan in a long black velvet maxi coat, styling it with a classic white T-shirt, black pants, sneakers, plus a teeny nylon Prada bag. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Made a Case for Maxi Coats," 24 Feb. 2020 The agency is styling the competition for funds after Shark Tank, a reality TV show that pairs aspiring entrepreneurs with business experts to evaluate and advise them on their proposals. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "NIH launches competition to speed COVID-19 diagnostics," 29 Apr. 2020 Guiding him through the process was celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton, who styled Jennifer Lopez's Super Bowl hair. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Carson Daly Cut His Own Hair Live On 'TODAY' and It's A Little Scary to Watch," 8 Apr. 2020 Yet to judge by recent wars in Iraq (originally styled Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (for years called Operation Enduring Freedom), U.S. forces are not equipped to accomplish such demanding work. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 An entrepreneur turned politico, Yang has styled himself as the techie’s candidate. Wired, "Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy," 21 Oct. 2019 The 10 people who allegedly raided the embassy in Madrid belong to a mysterious dissident organization that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty. Eric Talmadge, The Seattle Times, "N. Korea calls for investigation into Madrid embassy attack," 31 Mar. 2019 Complete with Adidas’ classic insignia and three-stripe detailing, this cotton terry hoodie can be styled with leggings, sweats or jeans for a super laid-back vibe. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Adidas is offering big price drops on its most popular athleisure—here are the best deals," 25 Apr. 2020 Even box braids and locs can be styled into beautiful Bantu knots. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "20 Beautiful Black Women Showing Us How To Rock Bantu Knots Anywhere," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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