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fash·​ion ˈfa-shən How to pronounce fashion (audio)
: the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time
The spring fashions are now on display.
: a garment in such a style
always wears the latest fashions
: a prevailing custom, usage, or style
Literary fashions have changed in recent years.
: social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct
men and women of fashion
: mode of action or operation
assembled in an orderly fashion
not even changing fashions in warfare have diminished the island's strategic importanceFranc Shor
: a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way
he will, after his sour fashion, tell youWilliam Shakespeare
: 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
archaic : kind, sort


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fashioned; fashioning ˈfash-niŋ How to pronounce fashion (audio)
; fashions

transitive verb

: 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
: 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
obsolete : contrive
ˈfash-nər How to pronounce fashion (audio)
after a fashion
: in an approximate or rough way
became an artist after a fashion
Choose the Right Synonym for fashion

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

synonyms see in addition method

Example Sentences

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 See More
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Word History



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.


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

First Known Use


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


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fashion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
fash·​ion ˈfash-ən How to pronounce fashion (audio)
: the shape or form of something
: manner sense 2, way
behave in a strange fashion
: a common style especially of dress during a particular time or among a certain group
an idea that is out of fashion


2 of 2 verb
fashioned; fashioning ˈfash-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce fashion (audio)
: to give shape or form to
fashioner noun


Middle English facioun "shape, manner," from early French façon (same meaning), from Latin faction-, factio "action of making," from facere "to make, do" — related to artificial, benefit, confection, factory, manufacture, perfect, satisfy

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