- a particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character: the baroque style; The style of the house was too austere for their liking.
- a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode of action or manner of acting: They do these things in a grand style.
- a mode of living, as with respect to expense or display.
- an elegant, fashionable, or luxurious mode of living: to live in style.
- a mode of fashion, as in dress, especially good or approved fashion; elegance; smartness.
- the mode of expressing thought in writing or speaking by selecting and arranging words, considered with respect to clearness, effectiveness, euphony, or the like, that is characteristic of a group, period, person, personality, etc.: to write in the style of Faulkner; a familiar style; a pompous, pedantic style.
- those components or features of a literary composition that have to do with the form of expression rather than the content of the thought expressed: His writing is all style and no substance.
- manner or tone adopted in discourse or conversation: a patronizing style of addressing others.
- a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode or form of construction or execution in any art or work: Her painting is beginning to show a personal style.
- a descriptive or distinguishing appellation, especially a legal, official, or recognized title: a firm trading under the style of Smith, Jones, & Co.
- stylus(defs 1, 2).
- the gnomon of a sundial.
- a method of reckoning time.Compare New Style, old style(def 2).
- Zoology. a small, pointed process or part.
- Botany. a narrow, usually cylindrical and more or less filiform extension of the pistil, which, when present, bears the stigma at its apex.
- the rules or customs of typography, punctuation, spelling, and related matters used by a newspaper, magazine, publishing house, etc., or in a specific publication.
- to call by a given title or appellation; denominate; name; call: The pope is styled His or Your Holiness.
- to design or arrange in accordance with a given or new style: to style an evening dress; to style one's hair.
- to bring into conformity with a specific style or give a specific style to: Please style this manuscript.
- to do decorative work with a style or stylus.
- go out of style, to become unfashionable: The jacket he's wearing went out of style ten years ago.
- in style, fashionable.
Origin of style
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Examples from the Web for styling
With some styling under her belt, Tfank used her experience to build a career as a costume designer.Barbara Tfank: The Red Carpet Radical
March 2, 2014
Hourani began to dabble with a myriad of artistic careers, from model scouting to styling to art direction.Rad Hourani, The First Unisex Couture Designer
January 29, 2014
Thirty years ago, Lori Goldstein tried her hand at styling on a whim.Meet the Stylist Behind Some of Fashion’s Most Iconic Images
November 7, 2013
With the right amount of make-up and styling, Sailor believes she can be whichever gender she is hired to be.Working As A Male Model
October 29, 2013
Both Riki and Avigayel, who sat in the styling chair, were unemployed and spent a lot of time hanging out at Linda's salon.Red Alerts At A Sderot Hair Salon
November 1, 2012
Reverence,” said I, “what do you mean by styling me reverence?Wild Wales
Pepa was not far wrong in styling General Patio a carpet-knight.Froth
Armando Palacio Valds
I crave pardon for not styling you: Monsieur le Ministre; I could not.His Excellency the Minister
Urban received the archbishop magnificently, styling him the “pope and patriarch of another world,” and promising to help him.The English Church in the Middle Ages
But do you ever hear of us Catholics, or Dissenters, styling this an extraordinary movement on the part of the Queen?Two Addresses
- a form of appearance, design, or production; type or makea new style of house
- the way in which something is donegood or bad style
- the manner in which something is expressed or performed, considered as separate from its intrinsic content, meaning, etc
- a distinctive, formal, or characteristic manner of expression in words, music, painting, etc
- elegance or refinement of manners, dress, etc
- prevailing fashion in dress, looks, etc
- a fashionable or ostentatious mode of existenceto live in style
- the particular mode of orthography, punctuation, design, etc, followed in a book, journal, etc, or in a printing or publishing house
- mainly British the distinguishing title or form of address of a person or firm
- botany the stalk of a carpel, bearing the stigma
- zoology a slender pointed structure, such as the piercing mouthparts of certain insects
- a method of expressing or calculating datesSee Old Style, New Style
- another word for stylus (def. 1)
- the arm of a sundial
- to design, shape, or tailorto style hair
- to adapt or make suitable (for)
- to make consistent or correct according to a printing or publishing style
- to name or call; designateto style a man a fool
- (intr) to decorate objects using a style or stylus
Word Origin and History for styling
c.1300, stile, "designation, title, manner or mode of expression," from Old French estile "a stake, pale," from Latin stilus "stake, instrument for writing, manner of writing, mode of expression," from PIE *sti-lo-, from root *sti- "point, prick, pierce" (see stick (v.)). Spelling modified by influence of Greek stylos "pillar." Meaning "mode or fashion of life" is from 1770; that of "mode of dress" is from 1814.
1560s, "to give a name to," from style (n.). Meaning "to arrange in fashionable style" (especially of hair) is attested from 1934. Slang sense of "act or play in a showy way" is by 1974, U.S. Black slang. Related: Styled; styling.