fashion

[fash-uhn]

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. fascistic,
  2. fascistize,
  3. fascitis,
  4. fasd,
  5. fash,
  6. fashion coordinator,
  7. fashion house,
  8. fashion icon,
  9. fashion plate,
  10. fashion victim

Idioms

    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

1250–1300; Middle English facioun shape, manner < Anglo-French faço(u)n, façun, Old French faceon < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company. See faction1

SYNONYMS FOR fashion
1. mode; fad, rage, craze. Fashion, style, vogue imply popularity or widespread acceptance of manners, customs, dress, etc. Fashion is that which characterizes or distinguishes the habits, manners, dress, etc., of a period or group: the fashions of the 18th century. Style is sometimes the equivalent of fashion, but also denotes conformance to a prevalent standard: to be in style; a chair in the Queen Anne style. Vogue suggests the temporary popularity of certain fashions: this year's vogue in popular music. 4. shape, cut, pattern, figure. 8. frame, construct, mold. 9. suit, fit.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for after a fashion

fashion

noun

  1. style in clothes, cosmetics, behaviour, etc, esp the latest or most admired style
  2. (as modifier)a fashion magazine
(modifier) (esp of accessories) designed to be in the current fashion, but not necessarily to last
  1. manner of performance; mode; wayin a striking fashion
  2. (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
  1. in some manner, but not very wellI mended it, after a fashion
  2. 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

verb (tr)

to give a particular form to
to make suitable or fitting
obsolete to contrive; manage
Derived Formsfashioner, noun

Word Origin for fashion

C13 facioun form, manner, from Old French faceon, from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make

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Word Origin and History for after a fashion
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Idioms and Phrases with after a fashion

after a fashion

Also, after a sort. Somehow or other; not very well, as in John can read music, after a fashion, or He managed to paint the house after a sort. The first phrase, in which fashion means “a manner of doing something,” has been so used since the mid-1800s, when it replaced in a fashion. The variant dates from the mid-1500s. Also see in a way; (somehow) or other.

fashion

see after a fashion; in fashion.

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