\ˈvōg \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from vogue


vogue adjective


voguer \ˈvō-gər \ 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

Examples of vogue in a Sentence


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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And as the game slowly started changing, with more of an emphasis on throwing the football, and teams came to realize that giving one player 25 touches a game wasn’t always best, the running back position fell out of vogue in the NFL. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "In deep RB draft, Detroit Lions' best bet might be waiting," 21 Apr. 2018 By the time NoU broke up in 1992, their ideas had been lifted by MTV for a television program called Alternative Nation, which meant their music was en vogue (and replicable—hello, the Refused). Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Fabled D.C. gospel yeh-yeh band the Make-Up play a couple rare reunion shows," 29 June 2018 Current events remain en vogue, meaning Chargers owner Dean Spanos suffered a team-name torching a year ago. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Disco, house, techno, vogue -- all these genres and more were born from outcast communities seeking asylum and spaces to express themselves freely. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo Shares Playlist of LGBTQ Musicians for Pride Month: Listen," 19 June 2018 Baron remembers thinking: The food took no cues from its breathtaking natural surroundings, nor the en vogue culinary philosophy of local and seasonal. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salt Wood Kitchen highlights local seafood in Monterey," 29 May 2018 The old-fashioned, run-first offense stands in contrast to the heavy dose of spread schemes in vogue across college football. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "San Diego State's unique approach has Aztecs in elite company," 17 Apr. 2018 And for proof that its popular appeal lives on, look no further than Beyoncé, Rihanna, Azealia Banks and Willow Smith, who have all been influenced by the vogue style of dance. NBC News, "Voguing revives as Paris minorities strike a political pose," 25 Mar. 2018 But in 1985, being brave and vocal as a woman was not as in vogue. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow's Betty Gilpin: "Even Women with $200 Lotion and Perfect Eyebrows Are Crying in Their Bathrooms"," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 A handful of guys were J-Setting, dancing in the exuberant style that pays homage to the Prancing J-Settes — Jackson State University’s famous all-female dance squad — combined with a splash of vogueing straight out of Harlem’s drag ballroom scene. Linda Villarosa, New York Times, "America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic," 6 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vogue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vogue

Dictionary Entries near vogue





vogue la galère



Statistics for vogue

Last Updated

2 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vogue

The first known use of vogue was in 1571

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vogue



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 \

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on vogue

What made you want to look up vogue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!