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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for styling

term, denominate, dub, christen, label, call, entitle, address, baptize, designate

Examples from the Web for styling

Contemporary Examples of styling

Historical Examples of styling

  • Reverence,” said I, “what do you mean by styling me reverence?

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • Pepa was not far wrong in styling General Patio a carpet-knight.


    Armando Palacio Valds

  • I crave pardon for not styling you: Monsieur le Ministre; I could not.

  • Urban received the archbishop magnificently, styling him the “pope and patriarch of another world,” and promising to help him.

  • But do you ever hear of us Catholics, or Dissenters, styling this an extraordinary movement on the part of the Queen?

    Two Addresses

    Nicholas Rigby

British Dictionary definitions for styling



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
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Word Origin and History for styling



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

styling in Science



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 styling


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

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