Definition of styling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

present participle of style entry 2


styl·​ing | \ ˈstī-liŋ How to pronounce styling (audio) \
plural stylings

Definition of styling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : hairstyling did all of the styling and makeup for the movie often used before another noun styling gelsstyling tools

Examples of styling in a Sentence

Noun a car with sleek new styling
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And in the name of making your coin stretch, a number of styles such as the brand’s corsets and crop tops can be worn beyond the walls of your home as outfits with the right styling tricks. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 25 Nov. 2021 Cranking down the airflow setting but keeping the heat high helps with this, as does using a smoothing product both before and after styling. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Nov. 2021 Always one to surprise us with a new 'do with every outing, Lizzo's half updo was part curly, part straight, and a total homage to Elliott's visionary styling throughout the nineties and early aughts. Michella Oré, Allure, 9 Nov. 2021 The company's new electric lineup will have a numeric naming scheme, and these SUVs will join the existing Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 models, both of which have wacky, futuristic styling. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 Nov. 2021 Visually, the Forester Wilderness is differentiated with exclusive styling. Michael Harley, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 With an impressive array of drivelines, pared back styling, impressive new infotainment system, and a perfect size in an ever more crowded world, the NX is an automotive Goldilocks: not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2021 The rear styling is inspired by the second- and third-generation models, with a wide expanse of sheetmetal bisecting two swoopy taillights and punctuated with a prominent Acura logo. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2021 Some utilise accessories, like the claw clip, while others speak to texture and provide alternative options to heat styling or braiding. Megan Decker,, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of styling


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 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of styling

: the way in which something is designed

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