- 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 fashioning
Like drawing tattoos, sewing earmuffs, or fashioning model airplanes from old chip bags?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Indeed, fashioning a working arrangement between Assad and the moderate Sunnis should be a joint Russo-American initiative.Face the Assad Reality In Syria
Frank G. Wisner, Leslie H. Gelb
January 26, 2014
She calmly joined the others in fashioning floatation devices from plastic bags in case the blaze forced them to flee.Send This Hurricane Sandy Victim a Card, Please
December 9, 2012
Love began in a wondrous whirl, fashioning a kind of prototype.Big Bird’s Big Gay Love Story: From Birth to the 2012 Presidential Race
October 10, 2012
When he was 11, his father built him a banjo, at first fashioning the head out of groundhog hide.Doc Watson, a Legendary Picker, Was Traditional Music’s Best Ambassador
May 30, 2012
These are the second causes which God used as his ministers in fashioning the world.Timaeus
Thus England was fashioning a new system and defining a new policy.The Fathers of New England
Charles M. Andrews
We are fashioning our life too much after the conduct of the children of Israel.
I am, as it were, a creature of your own fashioning, and I owe to you that which I never can repay.Japhet in Search of a Father
One half expects to see him fashioning a gorget or a sword on his anvil.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
- 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 fashioning
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.