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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Sweet had a learning mindset before the term was in vogue. Diane Brady, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 The boat in Miami had the double settee which, coupled with mezzanine seating a few steps up and forward, gave this boat the feel of a larger motoryacht, in line with the trend of maximizing the exterior space that is currently in vogue in the superyacht world. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 Though the aesthetic is undeniably in vogue, the classic elements that define it transcend the trends. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 Sweeney’s color is similarly on vogue: Created by celebrity hairstylist and colorist Jacob Schwartz, the shade transitioned Sweeney from her previous bright blonde to a sultry dark suede blonde using Schwarzkopf’s demi-permanent Igora Vibrance line. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2024 And the jockstrap owes a debt to the gay men who have embraced it since the 1950s, when a hyper-masculine aesthetic in gay fashion was in vogue. Leanne Italie, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 Steve Lawrence, the mellow baritone nightclub, television and recording star who with his wife and partner, the soprano Eydie Gorme, kept pop standards in vogue long past their prime and took America on musical walks down memory lane for a half-century, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Cool Cuffs Statement jewelry stole our hearts this year and bold cuff bracelets were back en vogue. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2023 Even transistor radios were just coming into vogue. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023
With voguing dancers flanking her, Aphrodite is aptly named. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Together, the pair did light choreography before turning their attention to the performers voguing in front of them — including Madonna's daughter Estere, who even got a hug from Garner. EW.com, 15 Dec. 2023 The music icon’s latest concert documentary vogued to the top of the weekend box office with $21 million — the biggest opening for a film on this historically sleepy first weekend in December in 20 years. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 4 Dec. 2023 One of his friends, Otis Pena, filmed the night out for a Facebook Live post. Sibley, a professional dancer, was voguing to a Beyoncé song and became the target of a vicious attack. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 Though ballroom is known internationally for cultivating voguing, it’s inextricably linked with fashion as well as dance. Mikelle Street, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 Throughout the city, protesters have danced and vogued, sometimes through tears, in an homage to the professional dancer who was allegedly fatally stabbed by a teen on July 29 while voguing at a Brooklyn gas station. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2023 Nevaeh Autumn’s TikTok videos, showcasing herself and her friends voguing (often to Prodigy’s sounds), have become a viral phenomenon—bringing light to the Ballroom community’s impact on the youth. Kenyatta Victoria, Essence, 7 Sep. 2023 Taking the dance craze out of New York's gay underground and on the road, the singer vogued her way around the world on her 1990 Blond Ambition tour in her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2023

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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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“Vogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vogue. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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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