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[fash-uh-nuh-buh l] /ˈfæʃ ə nə bəl/
observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish:
a fashionable young woman.
of, characteristic of, used, or patronized by the world of fashion:
a fashionable shop.
current; popular:
a fashionable topic of conversation.
a fashionable person.
Origin of fashionable
First recorded in 1600-10; fashion + -able
Related forms
fashionableness, fashionability, noun
fashionably, adverb
antifashionable, adjective
nonfashionable, adjective
nonfashionableness, noun
nonfashionably, adverb
quasi-fashionable, adjective
quasi-fashionably, adverb
ultrafashionable, adjective
ultrafashionably, adverb
unfashionable, adjective
unfashionably, adverb
1. chic, smart, modish, voguish, elegant.
out-of-date; passé. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for fashionably
Contemporary Examples
  • Tin Nyo is a slender Asian woman, fashionably dressed, who looks at least a decade younger than her 49 years.

    The Art of the Pig Blake Gopnik October 30, 2011
Historical Examples
  • He proposed to write words as they are “fashionably” sounded.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • But the hair was of a golden color, and fashionably dressed.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "We certainly cannot admit of this interference," said Mrs. Tretherick, a fashionably dressed, indistinctive looking woman.

  • Wharton was philosophically, politically, and fashionably profligate.

  • Returning again in about five minutes, he restored their passports to all the passengers save the fashionably dressed young man.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • He could not see much of her face, from his perch, but she was tall and fashionably clad.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • While in the Tiergarten in the morning I saw many good horses, but only one fashionably cut riding habit.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism James W. Gerard
  • Why, do you wish to be fashionably dressed in the woods of Canada?

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • But he is always very well and fashionably dressed; he hired Monsieur Durands house for a thousand francs.

British Dictionary definitions for fashionably


conforming to fashion; in vogue
of, characteristic of, or patronized by people of fashion: a fashionable café
(usually foll by with) patronized (by); popular (with)
Derived Forms
fashionability, fashionableness, noun
fashionably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fashionably



"stylish," c.1600, "capable of being fashioned," also "conformable to prevailing tastes," from fashion + -able. Related: Fashionably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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