verb (used with object)


    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
Related formsfash·ion·less, adjectivean·ti·fash·ion, noun, adjectivemis·fash·ion, nounmis·fash·ioned, adjectivepre·fash·ion, verb (used with object), nounpre·fash·ioned, adjectivere·fash·ion, verb (used with object)trans·fash·ion, nounun·fash·ioned, adjectivewell-fash·ioned, adjective

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fashion

Contemporary Examples of fashion

Historical Examples of fashion

  • No shaft that Percival was able to fashion had point enough to pierce it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.

  • For half an hour he rode in this fashion with his heart beating at his teeth.

  • Be a brother after thy own fashion, only see it be a brother thou art.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "But they must be sorry folk to bow down to the rich in such a fashion," said big John.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for fashion



  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 fashion

c.1300, "shape, manner, mode," from Old French façon (12c.) "face, appearance; construction, pattern, design; thing done; beauty; manner, characteristic feature," from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "group of people acting together," literally "a making or doing," from facere "to make" (see factitious).

Sense of "prevailing custom" is from late 15c.; that of "style of attire" is from 1520s.

To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable. [Eugenia Sheppard, "New York Herald Tribune," Jan. 13, 1960]

Fashion plate (1851) originally was "full-page picture in a popular magazine showing the prevailing or latest style of dress," in reference to the typographic "plate" from which it was printed. Transfered sense of "well-dressed person" had emerged by 1920s.


early 15c.; see fashion (n.). Related: Fashioned; fashioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fashion


see after a fashion; in fashion.

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