or life style, life-style

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  1. the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.
  1. pertaining to or catering to a certain lifestyle: unhealthy lifestyle choices; lifestyle advertising; a luxury lifestyle hotel.
  2. (of a drug) used to treat a medical condition that is not life-threatening or painful: lifestyle drugs for baldness.

Origin of lifestyle

First recorded in 1925–30; life + style Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for lifestyle

behavior, conduct

Examples from the Web for lifestyle

Contemporary Examples of lifestyle

Historical Examples of lifestyle

  • We are progressive, learning and growing in philosophy and lifestyle.

  • His was but an updated version appealing to the mobile North American lifestyle.

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  • Cooking and making ice with the funnel cooker/cooler will permit a significant change in lifestyle.

British Dictionary definitions for lifestyle


  1. a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group
  2. such attitudes, etc, regarded as fashionable or desirable
  3. NZ
    1. a luxurious semirural manner of living
    2. (as modifier)a lifestyle property
  1. suggestive of a fashionable or desirable lifestylea lifestyle café
  2. (of a drug) designed to treat problems, such as impotence or excess weight, which affect a person's quality of life rather than his or her health
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lifestyle

also life-style, 1929, from life (n.) + style (n.); originally a specific term used by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler (1870-1937); broader sense is by 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lifestyle in Medicine


  1. A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group.
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