verb (used with object), styled, styl·ing.

verb (used without object), styled, styl·ing.

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

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Latin stylus, spelling variant of stilus tool for writing, hence, written composition, style; see stylus
Related formsstyle·less, adjectivestyle·less·ness, nounstyle·like, adjectivean·ti·style, nouncoun·ter·style, nounmis·style, verb, mis·styled, mis·styl··style, verb, re·styled, re·styl·ing.un·styled, adjectivewell-styled, adjective
Can be confusedstile style

Synonyms for style

2. method, approach. 5. chic. See fashion. 9. touch, characteristic, mark. 22. designate, address.



a combining form of style(defs 14, 15): blastostyle.
Compare stylo-1.



a combining form with the meanings “column,” “columned,” “having columns (of the kind specified)” used in the formation of compound words: orthostyle; urostyle.
Compare stylo-2.

Origin of -style

< Greek stŷlos column or -stȳlos -columned, adj. derivative of stŷlos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for style

Contemporary Examples of style

Historical Examples of style

  • Both rooms were large and furnished in a style that had been supremely luxurious in 1878.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "You see we do not follow the English style," said the smooth hostess to Philip.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • These are my reasons in brief, for the alteration of my style.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But then, you are told that these objects are not in the style and taste of the people.

British Dictionary definitions for style



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

verb (mainly tr)

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
Derived Formsstylar, adjectivestyler, noun

Word Origin for style

C13: from Latin stylus, stilus writing implement, hence characteristics of the writing, style
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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for style



The slender part of a flower pistil, connecting the ovary and the stigma. The pollen tube grows through the style delivering the pollen nuclei to the ovary. See more at flower pollination.
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Idioms and Phrases with style


see cramp someone's style; go out (of style); in fashion (style).

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