styled, called, or considered by oneself as specified: a self-styled leader.

Origin of self-styled

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-styled

Contemporary Examples of self-styled

Historical Examples of self-styled

  • I had no self-styled "friends" at my elbow, to mock me by talking about my "talents!"

    An Old Sailor's Yarns

    Nathaniel Ames

  • And what the Spoiler has spared, the self-styled Restorer has too often ruined.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • "He has already rejected my proposal," thought the self-styled duke.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • A charming young English woman is the self-styled pirate of this book.


    Roger Pocock

  • Has there not been a passing from revolution to the self-styled evolution?

British Dictionary definitions for self-styled



(prenominal) claiming to be of a specified nature, quality, profession, etca self-styled expert
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Word Origin and History for self-styled

1833, from self- + past tense of style (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper