sty·​lis·​tic | \ stī-ˈli-stik How to pronounce stylistic (audio) \

Definition of stylistic

: of or relating especially to literary or artistic style

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stylistically \ stī-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stylistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stylistic in a Sentence

There are a number of stylistic changes in the new car. stylistic differences among various writers

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The ensemble has been critically praised and is known for its unusual stylistic breadth and commitment to innovation. Steve Smith,, "Matt Marks, cutting-edge composer and musician," 17 May 2018 Wildflower Blues moves between soul, country, and folk, and Parton and Holland's liquid harmonies smooth out the stylistic shifts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton revisit the connection they forged in the Be Good Tanyas," 6 Apr. 2018 What still resonates with Ricardou is the way those sorts of stylistic decisions express one’s identity. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "A Hotel 30 Miles Outside Paris Where Equestrian Life Sets the Tone," 25 Apr. 2018 Cousins is coming off an Achilles injury and was a somewhat awkward stylistic presence next to Davis, while the 23-year-old Randle is injury-free and a clean fit in the Pelicans’ up-tempo style. Ben Golliver,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Local geography, and available building materials play a huge part in influencing architecture styles, but several common stylistic elements show up in homes that were built around the same time in snowy Montreal or the tropical West Indies. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "A Look At French Colonial Architecture, The Star Style Of New Orleans," 21 Dec. 2018 In an event where people fought over basically everything, Nigeria’s stylistic dominance was inarguable. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 The game wants very badly to whack you over the head with its style, as well, yet developer Insomniac Games doesn't falter or fumble due to that stylistic obsession. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 Director Alex Richanbach employs a sharp stylistic contrast between dim and dreary New York City and vibrant Spain, where Harper is sent by her shrew of a boss (Michaela Watkins) to land a sangria client. Katie Walsh,, "Gillian Jacobs gets wild in girl-tripping comedy 'Ibiza'," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of stylistic

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stylistic was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of stylistic

: of or relating to style

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