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present participle of style entry 2


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styl·​ing ˈstī-liŋ How to pronounce styling (audio)
plural stylings
: the way in which something is styled
clothing with classic styling
When it came time to redesign the compact Dakota, Dodge cleverly emulated the aggressive styling of its big, hot-selling Ram pickup.Consumer Reports
… Michael Jackson's sinuously breathy, often dreamy vocal stylings are prominent on only two or three of the eight selections.Robert Palmer
: hairstyling
did all of the styling and makeup for the movie
often used before another noun
styling gelsstyling tools

Example Sentences

Noun a car with sleek new styling
Recent Examples on the Web
With solid driving dynamics and impressive styling, there's a lot to like in this little Mazda. Jim Caiozzo, Car and Driver, 31 May 2023 For someone who accidentally fell into professionally styling, Men has kept busy with Madix for the past couple of months. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2023 Her real-life smile improves on the awful, cartoony The Princess and the Frog (2009): That was Disney’s first black-exploitation cartoon, made on the presumption that viewers need mirror images of themselves — even cartoon images with ersatz musical stylings. Armond White, National Review, 26 May 2023 His amazing and uncanny appearance and vocal stylings in homage to Denver rank him as an audience favorite. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2023 The Italian yard, which is helmed by Palumbo Superyachts, unveiled a new 230-foot flagship on Thursday with the sporty stylings of your favorite grand tourer. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 May 2023 The Coanda blowdrying base is powered by a Dyson digital motor V9, which creates an uber-powerful stream of air pressure that attracts the hair to each styling barrel using less heat than traditional hair dryers. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 The maximalist styling, sky-high shoes, and micro-mini hemlines that were synonymous with the early 2000s had reappeared to take over the 2020s zeitgeist. Frances Solá-santiago,, 10 May 2023 Crafting a Bold and Distinctive Presence The GV60's exterior showcases Genesis' design philosophy, incorporating styling elements from its other models while simultaneously distinguishing itself with a slimmer lower grille and the distinctive Two Lines graphic down its sides. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 6 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of styling was in 1899

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“Styling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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