- 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 refashion
Kundera was reacting against the efforts of 20th-century totalitarian regimes to refashion novelists as propagandists.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
“These photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood,” he says.Why Does the Art World Coddle James Franco?
April 22, 2014
As this information spreads, community colleges and institutions of higher learning will have to refashion themselves.How to Pop The Higher-Ed Bubble
May 29, 2012
When the facts did not suit her, my mother would go to great lengths to refashion them altogether.Family Secrets in Tehran
January 10, 2009
Now, they are looking for a way to refashion memories even years after they were created.How to Erase Your Memories
November 7, 2008
He may refashion institutions that may express the new in modern terms.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
What it usually does is to refashion an old one, or to devote an old one to new uses.A Grammar of Freethought
I wish I could grasp the all in my hand and refashion it into something more perfect, more lasting, more beautiful.The Road to Damascus
On their removal from the Tower the jewels are carefully inventoried, and Heriot is set to work to refashion them.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
Then, perhaps, peasant lovers will wander here and refashion their dreams of a chivalrous world.Out To Win
- to give a new form to (something)
- 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 refashion
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.