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: popular acceptation or favor : popularity
: a period of popularity
: one that is in fashion at a particular time
archaic : the leading place in popularity or acceptance
vogue adjective


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vogued; voguing or vogueing

intransitive verb

: to strike poses in campy imitation of fashion models especially as a kind of dance
voguer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for vogue

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Some were translated into German, French and Spanish and enjoyed a vogue in Britain, where they can still be found in used bookshops. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 High school sports media days are in vogue this school year. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2022 What makes sense one year tends to be out of vogue the next. Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2022 Today, monetarism’s quantity theory of money is out of vogue, to put it mildly. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2022 But there is no question that certain styles, periods and makers come in (and out) of vogue. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2022 Toile has gone in and out of vogue for the las 200-plus years, and its most recent resurgence in home decor shows no sign of fading. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2022 On the other hand, a piece of cast iron lasts generations and never goes out of vogue. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 Dey acknowledged that the T-word was in vogue a decade or so ago and never quite came to fruition. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 19 Oct. 2022
That was when Lú, a founding member of the House, first learned to vogue—an opportunity to embrace their gender identity. Time, 29 June 2021 Her dream of the park includes a range of verdant and functional spaces: a paved area where people can vogue and hold rallies, a flower garden in tribute to Ms. Johnson, a greenhouse and an apiary for bees. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 If Krakoa, the living situation, is the real protagonist, what can anyone do but vogue and be festooned like Zora or the Fantastic Four, who look oddly Victorian with their looping aiguillettes? Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 23 July 2019 Thursday: Learn how to vogue at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, 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, 4 May 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1571, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vogue was in 1571

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Cite this Entry

“Vogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vogue. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: the quality or state of being popular
: a period in which something is popular or in fashion
: something in fashion at a particular time
vogue adjective

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