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.
the gnomon of a sundial.
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.
Idioms about style
go out of style, to become unfashionable: The jacket he's wearing went out of style ten years ago.
in style, fashionable.
- styleless, adjective
- style·less·ness, noun
- stylelike, adjective
- an·ti·style, noun
- coun·ter·style, noun
- mis·style, verb, mis·styled, mis·styl·ing.
- re·style, verb, re·styled, re·styl·ing.
- un·styled, adjective
- well-styled, adjective
- stile, style
Other definitions for -style (2 of 3)
- Compare stylo-1.
Other definitions for -style (3 of 3)
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.
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How to use style in a sentence
Consciously or otherwise, it was a form dedicated to the slippage between style and substance.Almost anarchy: The Style Council and the smooth sounds of sophisti-pop | Mina Tavakoli | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
A skilled passer and shot-creator who isn’t afraid to pull up from deep, the 6-foot-7 Ball plays an entertaining style and has perhaps the most upside in the draft.On quiet night for NBA draft lottery selections, Anthony Edwards goes No. 1 to Timberwolves | Ben Golliver, Des Bieler | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
So, make sure your internal newsletters and your business letter template, like this example, are updated regularly to reflect your branding styles.Internal communication plan: How SMB marketing teams can achieve growth | Ronita Mohan | November 12, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
In terms of style, the Ponto’s slim cut is less slubby than a normal pair of sweatpants.Why the Vuori Ponto Is My Favorite Work-from-Home Pant | Jakob Schiller | November 10, 2020 | Outside Online
This week when scrolling on our Instagram feed we couldn’t help but notice autumnal style finds that were too good to not double tap.14 Fall Outfit Ideas For The Most Transitional Season | Nandi Howard | November 6, 2020 | Essence.com
The cabin styling was in the hands of Frank Del Giudice, a designer based in New York at a company called Walter Dorwin Teague.
With some styling under her belt, Tfank used her experience to build a career as a costume designer.
Hourani began to dabble with a myriad of artistic careers, from model scouting to styling to art direction.
For some, properly styling an outfit requires tremendous focus and planning.Meet the Stylist Behind Some of Fashion’s Most Iconic Images | Toby Milstein | November 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thirty years ago, Lori Goldstein tried her hand at styling on a whim.Meet the Stylist Behind Some of Fashion’s Most Iconic Images | Toby Milstein | November 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Billy had taken to styling his new employer captain, and Mr Jones did not object.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Archaic and unusual words, spellings and styling have been maintained when they are used consistently.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2) | Charles Darwin
But still, if her husband has been dead some time, she's not bound to go on styling herself widow.San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams | Charles Paul de Kock
He endured agonies in trying to call himself Elmsdale, and rarely succeeded in styling his wife anything except Mrs. HE.The Uninhabited House | Mrs. J. H. Riddell
John G. Hughes was killed by a mob styling themselves “regulators.”Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies | Chas. G Mutzenberg
British Dictionary definitions for style
a form of appearance, design, or production; type or make: a new style of house
the way in which something is done: good 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 existence: to 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
another word for stylus (def. 1)
the arm of a sundial
to design, shape, or tailor: to style hair
to adapt or make suitable (for)
to make consistent or correct according to a printing or publishing style
to name or call; designate: to style a man a fool
(intr) to decorate objects using a style or stylus
- stylar, adjective
- styler, noun
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
Scientific 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with style
see cramp someone's style; go out (of style); in fashion (style).
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