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 refashion

Contemporary Examples of refashion

  • Kundera was reacting against the efforts of 20th-century totalitarian regimes to refashion novelists as propagandists.

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    The Birth of the Novel

    Nick Romeo

    November 27, 2014

  • “These photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood,” he says.

  • As this information spreads, community colleges and institutions of higher learning will have to refashion themselves.

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    How to Pop The Higher-Ed Bubble

    David Frum

    May 29, 2012

  • When the facts did not suit her, my mother would go to great lengths to refashion them altogether.

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    Family Secrets in Tehran

    Azar Nafisi

    January 10, 2009

  • Now, they are looking for a way to refashion memories even years after they were created.

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    How to Erase Your Memories

    Casey Schwartz

    November 7, 2008

Historical Examples of refashion

  • He may refashion institutions that may express the new in modern terms.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • What it usually does is to refashion an old one, or to devote an old one to new uses.

  • I wish I could grasp the all in my hand and refashion it into something more perfect, more lasting, more beautiful.

    The Road to Damascus

    August Strindberg

  • On their removal from the Tower the jewels are carefully inventoried, and Heriot is set to work to refashion them.


    H. Clifford Smith,

  • Then, perhaps, peasant lovers will wander here and refashion their dreams of a chivalrous world.

    Out To Win

    Coningsby Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for refashion


verb (tr)

to give a new form to (something)



  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
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 refashion

1788 (implied in refashioned), from re- + fashion (v.). Related: Refashioning.



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 refashion


see after a fashion; in fashion.

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