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fashionable

[fash-uh-nuh-buh l] /ˈfæʃ ə nə bəl/
adjective
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.
noun
4.
a fashionable person.
Origin of fashionable
1600-1610
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
Synonyms
1. chic, smart, modish, voguish, elegant.
Antonyms
out-of-date; passé.
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Examples from the Web for unfashionable
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  • She sat back for a moment, and stared out at the unfashionable street.

    Rope 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
  • She was neither shabby nor unfashionable; the fashion, too, expressed her, not itself.

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for unfashionable

unfashionable

/ʌnˈfæʃənəbəl/
adjective
1.
not fashionable: dull unfashionable clothes, an unfashionable view

fashionable

/ˈfæʃənəbəl/
adjective
1.
conforming to fashion; in vogue
2.
of, characteristic of, or patronized by people of fashion: a fashionable café
3.
(usually foll by with) patronized (by); popular (with)
Derived Forms
fashionability, fashionableness, noun
fashionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfashionable
adj.

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

fashionable

adj.

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

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