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[fash-uh-nuh-buh l]
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  1. observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish: a fashionable young woman.
  2. of, characteristic of, used, or patronized by the world of fashion: a fashionable shop.
  3. current; popular: a fashionable topic of conversation.
  1. a fashionable person.

Origin of fashionable

First recorded in 1600–10; fashion + -able
Related formsfash·ion·a·ble·ness, fash·ion·a·bil·i·ty, nounfash·ion·a·bly, adverban·ti·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivenon·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivenon·fash·ion·a·ble·ness, nounnon·fash·ion·a·bly, adverbqua·si-fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-fash·ion·a·bly, adverbul·tra·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectiveul·tra·fash·ion·a·bly, adverbun·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectiveun·fash·ion·a·bly, adverb


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1. chic, smart, modish, voguish, elegant.


out-of-date; passé.
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Examples from the Web for unfashionable

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • She sat back for a moment, and stared out at the unfashionable street.


    Holworthy Hall

  • The billiard-saloon was on the east side of the city, in an unfashionable locality.

    The Telegraph Boy

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • To doing this, in a book, I have an unfashionable but unalterable objection.

  • The dress of to-day is unfashionable to-morrow, because every body wears it.

  • They have come, you see, at last, even to this unfashionable corner of the island.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for unfashionable


  1. not fashionabledull unfashionable clothes; an unfashionable view


  1. conforming to fashion; in vogue
  2. of, characteristic of, or patronized by people of fashiona fashionable café
  3. (usually foll by with) patronized (by); popular (with)
Derived Formsfashionability or fashionableness, nounfashionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfashionable


1560s, "incapable of being shaped," from un- (1) "not" + fashionable. Meaning "not in accordance with prevailing fashion" is attested from 1640s. Related: Unfashionably.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper