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


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

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Speaking strictly from a fashion standpoint, turquoise is often considered a warm-weather stone—one that emerges from the jewelry box when temperatures and hemlines rise. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 17 June 2022 In May 2021, fast-fashion retailer Zara released its makeup line, with products ranging from $8 to $26. Nitya Rao, Seventeen, 17 June 2022 This upscale consignment boutique carries currently trending children’s clothing and maternity fashion, all in pristine, like-new condition. AccessAtlanta, 17 June 2022 Just like jewelry or a bag, your nails can be a fashion statement. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 17 June 2022 Spectators who attend the Royal Ascot must adhere to a strict fashion policy. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 Fashion has played a key role in how people express themselves for centuries, and Pride fashion is no different. Chloe Mcgowan, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2022 Given this year marked The Great White Way’s grand reopening in September, the celebratory fashion will be especially omnipresent this evening. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 June 2022 The story is told in multiple time lines, as is the current fashion, but the technique feels justified—flashbacks to the years before Kathleen’s death give fullness to a character who in the source text is simply a dead body. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elon Musk might fashion himself a friend of free speech, but his aerospace company is looking like an enemy of the piping plover. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 4 May 2022 How can fashion embrace inclusivity's cutting edge? Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Even though Monroe didn't adhere to fashion protocols, Queen Elizabeth didn't appear to be phased. Erin Hill,, 6 May 2022 In December, Smollett was convicted in a trial that included the testimony of two brothers who told jurors Smollett paid them to carry out the attack, gave them money for the ski masks and rope, instructed them to fashion the rope into a noose. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2022 Witnesses at his trial included two brothers who told jurors Smollett paid them to carry out the attack, gave them money for the ski masks and rope, instructed them to fashion the rope into a noose. Don Babwin And Kathleen Foody, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2022 The structures are formulaic, the hip-hop soundtrack is intrusive and wrong; the effort to fashion Anna into some kind of feminist martyr is shameless. John Anderson, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Eventually Father Vapnik directed the village carpenter to fashion a long pole by which Ina could be prodded this way and that, to get her safely away from the others. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 No one has to fashion makeshift period protection from old rags. Amika George, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fashion


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


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

History and Etymology for fashion


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

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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


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

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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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