- a particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character: the baroque style; The style of the house was too austere for their liking.
- a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode of action or manner of acting: They do these things in a grand style.
- a mode of living, as with respect to expense or display.
- an elegant, fashionable, or luxurious mode of living: to live in style.
- a mode of fashion, as in dress, especially good or approved fashion; elegance; smartness.
- the mode of expressing thought in writing or speaking by selecting and arranging words, considered with respect to clearness, effectiveness, euphony, or the like, that is characteristic of a group, period, person, personality, etc.: to write in the style of Faulkner; a familiar style; a pompous, pedantic style.
- those components or features of a literary composition that have to do with the form of expression rather than the content of the thought expressed: His writing is all style and no substance.
- manner or tone adopted in discourse or conversation: a patronizing style of addressing others.
- a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode or form of construction or execution in any art or work: Her painting is beginning to show a personal style.
- a descriptive or distinguishing appellation, especially a legal, official, or recognized title: a firm trading under the style of Smith, Jones, & Co.
- stylus(defs 1, 2).
- the gnomon of a sundial.
- a method of reckoning time.Compare New Style, old style(def 2).
- Zoology. a small, pointed process or part.
- Botany. a narrow, usually cylindrical and more or less filiform extension of the pistil, which, when present, bears the stigma at its apex.
- the rules or customs of typography, punctuation, spelling, and related matters used by a newspaper, magazine, publishing house, etc., or in a specific publication.
- to call by a given title or appellation; denominate; name; call: The pope is styled His or Your Holiness.
- to design or arrange in accordance with a given or new style: to style an evening dress; to style one's hair.
- to bring into conformity with a specific style or give a specific style to: Please style this manuscript.
- to do decorative work with a style or stylus.
- go out of style, to become unfashionable: The jacket he's wearing went out of style ten years ago.
- in style, fashionable.
Origin of style
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- a combining form of style(defs 14, 15): blastostyle.
- a combining form with the meanings “column,” “columned,” “having columns (of the kind specified)” used in the formation of compound words: orthostyle; urostyle.
Origin of -style2
Examples from the Web for style
Her style, much like her diminutive nickname, is best described as “Hamptons twee”—preppy and peppy.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Although he brings a Western spin to things, he seems equally inspired by the local sense of style.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
But throughout the series so far, its style has also had a profound story of its own to tell.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Who knew that “we shall overcome” meant “we, the few, shall book covers every decade or so, maybe, sometimes, if we are in style.”One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Their policies will be similar—standing up for the little guy—though their style is very different.How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?
December 21, 2014
Both rooms were large and furnished in a style that had been supremely luxurious in 1878.
Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.
"You see we do not follow the English style," said the smooth hostess to Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
These are my reasons in brief, for the alteration of my style.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But then, you are told that these objects are not in the style and taste of the people.
- a form of appearance, design, or production; type or makea new style of house
- the way in which something is donegood or bad style
- the manner in which something is expressed or performed, considered as separate from its intrinsic content, meaning, etc
- a distinctive, formal, or characteristic manner of expression in words, music, painting, etc
- elegance or refinement of manners, dress, etc
- prevailing fashion in dress, looks, etc
- a fashionable or ostentatious mode of existenceto live in style
- the particular mode of orthography, punctuation, design, etc, followed in a book, journal, etc, or in a printing or publishing house
- mainly British the distinguishing title or form of address of a person or firm
- botany the stalk of a carpel, bearing the stigma
- zoology a slender pointed structure, such as the piercing mouthparts of certain insects
- a method of expressing or calculating datesSee Old Style, New Style
- another word for stylus (def. 1)
- the arm of a sundial
- to design, shape, or tailorto style hair
- to adapt or make suitable (for)
- to make consistent or correct according to a printing or publishing style
- to name or call; designateto style a man a fool
- (intr) to decorate objects using a style or stylus
Word Origin and History for style
c.1300, stile, "designation, title, manner or mode of expression," from Old French estile "a stake, pale," from Latin stilus "stake, instrument for writing, manner of writing, mode of expression," from PIE *sti-lo-, from root *sti- "point, prick, pierce" (see stick (v.)). Spelling modified by influence of Greek stylos "pillar." Meaning "mode or fashion of life" is from 1770; that of "mode of dress" is from 1814.
1560s, "to give a name to," from style (n.). Meaning "to arrange in fashionable style" (especially of hair) is attested from 1934. Slang sense of "act or play in a showy way" is by 1974, U.S. Black slang. Related: Styled; styling.
Idioms and Phrases with style
see cramp someone's style; go out (of style); in fashion (style).