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  1. characterized by or conforming to style or the fashionable standard; fashionably elegant; smart or chic: She wore a very stylish gown to the inaugural ball.
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Origin of stylish

First recorded in 1775–85; style + -ish1
Related formsstyl·ish·ly, adverbstyl·ish·ness, nounqua·si-styl·ish, adjectivequa·si-styl·ish·ly, adverbsu·per·styl·ish, adjectivesu·per·styl·ish·ly, adverbsu·per·styl·ish·ness, nounun·styl·ish, adjectiveun·styl·ish·ly, adverbun·styl·ish·ness, noun
Can be confusedstylish stylistic
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Related Words for stylish

beautiful, dressy, polished, nifty, snazzy, slick, new, sleek, jazzy, classy, trendy, chic, dapper, smart, mod, upscale, chichi, dashing, fly, groovy

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Contemporary Examples of stylish

Historical Examples of stylish

  • We are obliged to be,” with a slight shudder at the vulgarism, “stylish.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Her gown was simple and inexpensive but it was stylish and becoming.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Was not the infatuated Paul handsome, stylish, and evidently sincere?

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • There was a stylish drinking-place, kept by a man named Guy, in Seventh Street.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • We got to be stylish now this little girl's goin' to boss us.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for stylish


  1. having style; smart; fashionable
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Derived Formsstylishly, adverbstylishness, 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

Word Origin and History for stylish

1797 ( in "Sense and Sensibility"), from style + -ish. The adjective good is understood. Related: Stylishly; stylishness.

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