fashion

noun
fash·​ion | \ ˈfa-shən How to pronounce fashion (audio) \

Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time The spring fashions are now on display.
(2) : a garment in such a style always wears the latest fashions
b : a prevailing custom, usage, or style Literary fashions have changed in recent years.
c : social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct men and women of fashion
2a : mode of action or operation assembled in an orderly fashion not even changing fashions in warfare have diminished the island's strategic importance— Franc Shor
b : a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way he will, after his sour fashion, tell you— William Shakespeare
3a : the make or form of something A lamp in the fashion of a silver dove was hung from an almost invisible golden wire in the centre of the room.— Arthur Conan Doyle
b archaic : kind, sort
after a fashion
: in an approximate or rough way became an artist after a fashion

fashion

verb
fashioned; fashioning\ ˈfash-​niŋ How to pronounce fashion (audio) , ˈfa-​shᵊn-​iŋ \; fashions

Definition of fashion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give shape or form to : to make, construct, or create (something) usually with careful attention or by the use of imagination and ingenuity fashion a lamp from an old churn a figure fashioned from clay … delegating to the commander-in-chief the power to fashion the rules of the military justice system …— Fred Strasser Up there in the mountains old ladies … are still hooking rugs … and fashioning dainty dolls out of corn shucks.— Richard Atcheson
2 : to design or devise for a particular use or purpose … were the vessels fashioned for royalty distinguished from objects intended for nonroyal consumers?Asian Art
3 obsolete : contrive

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Other Words from fashion

Verb

fashioner \ ˈfash-​nər How to pronounce fashion (audio) , ˈfa-​shə-​nər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for fashion

Noun

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

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Examples of fashion in a Sentence

Noun Jewelry and clothing fashions vary with the season. Short skirts have come back into fashion. Those ruffled blouses went out of fashion years ago. She always wears the latest fashions. Literary fashions have changed in recent years. We started the meeting in an orderly fashion. We all lined up in orderly fashion. Verb Students fashioned the clay into small figures. She used the scraps of fabric to fashion a little doll's dress. a table fashioned out of an old door
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her Christopher John Rogers two-piece ensemble delivered the perfect high-fashion risk that paid off, big time. PEOPLE.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Emmys fashion, compared to other nights during awards season, is usually marked by more understated looks. Blake Newby, Essence, 19 Sep. 2021 These Monse jeans are both high-fashion and versatile. Jenna Blaha, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2021 Users can buy and sell new and used goods and services via the Carousell app; the most popular categories are electronics, luxury fashion, and furniture. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 Jameel Mohammed is the founder and creative director behind Khiry and is pushing forth a narrative of the afro-fashion diaspora. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 According to the star, doing a high-fashion knight look was always in the cards for him—the Met Gala just proved to be the right moment for it. Christian Allair, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2021 Even as shoppers stock up on new clothes to return to the office and bars, fast-fashion stocks have been left on the shelf. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Young models slouched in makeup chairs — a kind of high-fashion carpool lane — as Pat McGrath and Guido Palau gave them fresh faces and artfully undone hair. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hermès just sprouted a novel vegan leather alternative that will soon be used to fashion at least one of its storied accessories. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2021 Hunters may have used flint tools—some of which were found alongside the fragment—to fashion the engravings, according to the Jerusalem Post. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2021 The winner can at least fashion itself as a playoff contender entering its conference slate. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 What can fashion do that film cannot; and vice versa? Vogue, 20 July 2021 Shot putters fashion themselves as part-time physics gurus. CBS News, 19 June 2021 Shot putters fashion themselves as part-time physics gurus. Pat Graham, orlandosentinel.com, 19 June 2021 When Mancini's side did finally fashion an opportunity, Emerson could only find the outside of the woodwork from a tight angle, though Unai Simon's outstretched hand was perhaps more casual than the shot merited. Matias Grez, CNN, 6 July 2021 Xi Jinping recently told Chinese Communist Party officials to fashion a kinder, gentler image for China. Jianli Yang, National Review, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of fashion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fashion

Noun

Middle English fasoun, fasioun, fascioun, facioun, borrowed from Anglo-French façun, fauschoun "production, construction, appearance, form, sort, manner," going back to Latin factiōn-, factiō "act of making," from facere "to make, bring about, do" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fact

Note: The Anglo-French form with a hushing consonant that was borrowed into Middle English reflects the Picard outcome of the Latin cluster [ktj]. A doublet of faction.

Verb

Middle English fascionen, in part verbal derivative of fascioun fashion entry 1, in part borrowed from Middle French façonner, derivative of façon fashion entry 1

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

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“Fashion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fashion. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for fashion

fashion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people
: the business of creating and selling clothes in new styles
: clothes that are popular

fashion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fashion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form (something) into something else : to make (something) from something else

fashion

noun
fash·​ion | \ ˈfa-shən How to pronounce fashion (audio) \

Kids Definition of fashion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the popular style of a thing at a certain time or among a certain group
2 : manner sense 2, way "This trial will be conducted in an orderly fashion."— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

fashion

verb
fashioned; fashioning

Kids Definition of fashion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give shape or form to … getting a piece of wood, he fashioned it in a cross …— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

Choose the Right Synonym for fashion

Noun

fashion, style, and fad mean the way that up-to-date people do things. fashion is used of any custom (as a way of dressing or behaving) that is widely accepted at any one time or place. It was once the fashion for everyone to wear hats. style may suggest a fashion that is approved of by people with taste. The house was decorated in the latest style. fad is used for something that is very popular and often only for a short time. Beach tennis may be just a fad.

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