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fashion

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1 a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time
  • during the 1990s tattoos once again became a hot fashion especially for young men

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2 a distinctive way of putting ideas into words
  • when angry, he tends to express himself in a fashion that shows that he has a mastery of all of the expletives in which the English language abounds

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4 the means or procedure for doing something
  • you can mix the ingredients in any fashion you choose—by hand or by machine

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5 high position within society
  • a literary salon attended by people of fashion from all over the city

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6 the outward appearance of something as distinguished from its substance
  • over the millennia, nature had worked the face of the rocky cliff into the fashion of a man's head

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fashion

verb

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1 to change (something) so as to make it suitable for a new use or situation
  • the ex-governor seems to be fashioning his political beliefs to win favor with a more conservative national electorate

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2 to bring into being by combining, shaping, or transforming materials
  • for the Christmas pageant the boy's mother was able to fashion the length of fabric into something that could pass as a shepherd's outfit

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Frequently Asked Questions About fashion

How is the word fashion distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of fashion are craze, fad, mode, rage, style, and vogue. While all these words 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

When is fad a more appropriate choice than fashion?

While the synonyms fad and fashion are close in meaning, fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion.

last year's fad is over

When can mode be used instead of fashion?

Although the words mode and fashion have much in common, mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated.

slim bodies are the mode at this resort

How are the words rage and craze related as synonyms of fashion?

Both 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

When is it sensible to use style instead of fashion?

The words style and fashion can be used in similar contexts, but style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste.

a media baron used to traveling in style

In what contexts can vogue take the place of fashion?

In some situations, the words vogue and fashion are roughly equivalent. However, vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion.

short skirts are back in vogue

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The first known use of fashion was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Fashion.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fashion. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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