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[vohg] /voʊg/
something in fashion, as at a particular time:
Short hairdos were the vogue in the twenties.
popular currency, acceptance, or favor; popularity:
The book is having a great vogue.
Origin of vogue
1565-75; < Middle French: wave or course of success < Old Italian voga a rowing, derivative of vogare to row, sail < ?
Related forms
prevogue, noun
1. mode. See fashion. Unabridged
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  • Circular windows at this period came into vogue in the gables of churches.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • My aunt then sang a song which was very much in vogue, and made a great success.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Although at every point she was far from vogue, she impressed me not unpleasantly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • I mean to say, I felt that I was vogue in the finest sense of the word.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • When the philosophy of M. Descartes appeared, what a vogue it had!

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for vogue


the popular style at a specified time (esp in the phrase in vogue)
a period of general or popular usage or favour: the vogue for such dances is now over
(usually prenominal) popular or fashionable: a vogue word
Derived Forms
voguish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French: a rowing, fashion, from Old Italian voga, from vogare to row, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for vogue

1570s, the vogue, "leading place in popularity, greatest success or acceptance," from Middle French vogue "fashion, success, drift, swaying motion (of a boat)" literally "a rowing," from Old French voguer "to row, sway, set sail," probably from Old Low German *wogon, variant of wagon "float, fluctuate," literally "to balance oneself" (see weigh). Apparently the notion is of being "borne along on the waves of fashion." Italian vogare also probably is borrowed from Germanic. Phrase in vogue "having a prominent place in popular fashion" first recorded 1643. The fashion magazine began publication in 1892.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for vogue



To do the ''vogueing'' dance or performance: She vogued in the West Village. Disappeared in San Diego with a porn filmmaker/ commenced vogueing official International Body-Building Federation poses. Such brazen posing! (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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