\ ˈvōg How to pronounce vogue (audio) \

Definition of vogue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : popular acceptation or favor : popularity
b : a period of popularity
2 : one that is in fashion at a particular time
3 archaic : the leading place in popularity or acceptance


vogued; voguing or vogueing

Definition of vogue (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to strike poses in campy imitation of fashion models especially as a kind of dance

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vogue adjective


voguer \ ˈvō-​gər How to pronounce voguer (audio) \ noun

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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 vogue in a Sentence

Noun the new vogue for scarves His art seems to be enjoying a vogue these days. When did Thai food come into vogue? That style went out of vogue years ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Closed-end funds were in vogue in the 1980s, offering access to star managers like John Templeton, Martin Zweig and Mario Gabelli. Randall Smith, WSJ, "Closed-End Funds Are Trying to Make a Comeback," 8 Sep. 2020 The vineyard has been farmed organically since 1974, long before sustainability was in vogue. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Some of Napa's oldest Cabernet vines destroyed in Hennessey Fire," 4 Sep. 2020 Temporary drinking restrictions are back in vogue worldwide, thanks to coronavirus. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, August 31," 31 Aug. 2020 Autocracy is still in vogue; the Palestinians remain stateless. The Economist, "Into the open The Israel-UAE deal is good news for a troubled region," 22 Aug. 2020 Many of the shooters who compete in Precision Rifle Series matches, or any of the other long-distance shooting games that are currently in vogue, daydream about taking their shooting talents to the battlefield. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Grip is highly personal, but thin ones are in vogue and seem to reduce torque. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Buy the Perfect Compound Bow for Hunting," 12 Aug. 2020 These stands supported the neck, not the head, perhaps to safeguard the elaborate hairdos that were en vogue. Amy Azzarito, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Surprising Facts About Everyday Household Objects," 3 Apr. 2020 Pueyo has turned the vogue to dismiss experts on its head by nearly instantaneously becoming one himself. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The overnight coronavirus expert," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the course of its short but rich run time, the 1991 film becomes a snapshot of a subculture steeped in history, hierarchies, rivalries and lingo (shade, mopping, vogueing and more). Jason Bailey, New York Times, "Short Attention Span? All These Movies Are Under 90 Minutes," 27 Mar. 2020 The spindly young man in dark-rimmed glasses bent his leg and fell dramatically to the floor — a vogueing move known as a dip, invented decades ago in New York’s underground L.G.B.T. ballroom scene. Thomas Rogers, New York Times, "A D.J. Shows How to Let Go in Authoritarian Kazakhstan," 9 Mar. 2020 And behind the irreverent strutting, vogueing and steely catwalk attitude is the show’s runway choreographer, Twiggy Pucci Garçon. Kish Lal, Billboard, "'Pose' Choreographer Twiggy Pucci Garçon Talks the Show's Impact on Modern Ballroom Culture," 23 July 2019 Thursday: Learn how to vogue at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Refreshments in Sunset Park to Follow.," 26 June 2019 Skaters and punks, after all, practically invented the word poser and shoe vogueing for your ‘Gram doesn’t exactly align with skate’s sense of low-key authenticity. John Vorwald, GQ, "How Vans Got Everyone Wearing Vans Again," 4 May 2018 Pat McGrath's Mothership Vogueing Ball The rapper joined Naomi Campbell and Teyana Taylor to judge Pat McGrath’s Mothership vogueing Ball in a beaded black vintage couture gown and silver Yves Saint Laurent shoes. Yasmine Gray, Billboard, "All of Cardi B's Killer Looks at New York Fashion Week," 12 Sep. 2017 Paris Is Burning is a required reading, illuminating just how much of contemporary slang and culture, from vogueing to realness to throwing shade, owes a debt to these fearless queens. Philip Ellis, Teen Vogue, "9 LGBTQ Documentaries to Watch," 28 June 2017 And his danciness can borrow from ballet, hip-hop, vogueing, showbiz, the release technique of postmodern dance and many other idioms. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: A Doug Elkins Program Is Charming, Trivial Dance Soup," 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of vogue


1571, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1989, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vogue


Middle French, action of rowing, course, fashion, from voguer to sail, from Old French, from Old Italian vogare to row


from Vogue, a fashion magazine

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The first known use of vogue was in 1571

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19 Sep 2020

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“Vogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vogue. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce vogue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vogue

: something (such as a way of dressing or behaving) that is fashionable or popular in a particular time and place


\ ˈvōg How to pronounce vogue (audio) \

Kids Definition of vogue

1 : the quality or state of being popular at a certain time Portable electronic devices are in vogue.
2 : something that is in fashion at a certain time Baggy clothes are the vogue.

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