- a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses.
- conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it: the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion.
- manner; way; mode: in a warlike fashion.
- the make or form of anything: He liked the fashion of the simple, sturdy furniture.
- a kind; sort: All fashions of people make up the world.
- Obsolete. workmanship.
- Obsolete. act or process of making.
- to give a particular shape or form to; make: The cavemen fashioned tools from stones.
- to accommodate; adjust; adapt: doctrines fashioned to the varying hour.
- Shipbuilding. to bend (a plate) without preheating.
- Obsolete. to contrive; manage.
- after/in a fashion, in some manner or other or to some extent; in a makeshift, unskillful, or unsatisfactory way: He's an artist after a fashion.
Origin of fashion
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Examples from the Web for fashion
Her name was Courtney, and she was a fashion editor for magazines like Photoplay, Screenland, Silver Screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
When ‘Downton Abbey’ returns Sunday night, its fashion fans are in for a familiar treat.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
The fashion industry could never, would never, state its exclusion of black models overtly.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
But fashion is about beauty, and the [female] body is part of that.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
But she was less comfortable with it before she was an established name in fashion.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
No shaft that Percival was able to fashion had point enough to pierce it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.
For half an hour he rode in this fashion with his heart beating at his teeth.Way of the Lawless
Be a brother after thy own fashion, only see it be a brother thou art.Weighed and Wanting
"But they must be sorry folk to bow down to the rich in such a fashion," said big John.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- style in clothes, cosmetics, behaviour, etc, esp the latest or most admired style
- (as modifier)a fashion magazine
- (modifier) (esp of accessories) designed to be in the current fashion, but not necessarily to last
- manner of performance; mode; wayin a striking fashion
- (in combination)crab-fashion
- a way of life that revolves around the activities, dress, interests, etc, that are most fashionable
- shape, appearance, or form
- sort; kind; type
- after a fashion or in a fashion
- in some manner, but not very wellI mended it, after a fashion
- of a low order; of a sorthe is a poet, after a fashion
- after the fashion of like; similar to
- of fashion of high social standing
- to give a particular form to
- to make suitable or fitting
- obsolete to contrive; manage
Word Origin and History for fashion
c.1300, "shape, manner, mode," from Old French façon (12c.) "face, appearance; construction, pattern, design; thing done; beauty; manner, characteristic feature," from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "group of people acting together," literally "a making or doing," from facere "to make" (see factitious).
Sense of "prevailing custom" is from late 15c.; that of "style of attire" is from 1520s.
To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable. [Eugenia Sheppard, "New York Herald Tribune," Jan. 13, 1960]
Fashion plate (1851) originally was "full-page picture in a popular magazine showing the prevailing or latest style of dress," in reference to the typographic "plate" from which it was printed. Transfered sense of "well-dressed person" had emerged by 1920s.
early 15c.; see fashion (n.). Related: Fashioned; fashioning.