observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish: a fashionable young woman.
of, characteristic of, used, or patronized by the world of fashion: a fashionable shop.
current; popular: a fashionable topic of conversation.


a fashionable person.

Origin of fashionable

First recorded in 1600–10; fashion + -able
Related formsfash·ion·a·ble·ness, fash·ion·a·bil·i·ty, nounfash·ion·a·bly, adverban·ti·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivenon·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivenon·fash·ion·a·ble·ness, nounnon·fash·ion·a·bly, adverbqua·si-fash·ion·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-fash·ion·a·bly, adverbul·tra·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectiveul·tra·fash·ion·a·bly, adverbun·fash·ion·a·ble, adjectiveun·fash·ion·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for fashionable

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

Examples from the Web for unfashionable

Contemporary Examples of unfashionable

Historical Examples of unfashionable

  • She sat back for a moment, and stared out at the unfashionable street.


    Holworthy Hall

  • The billiard-saloon was on the east side of the city, in an unfashionable locality.

    The Telegraph Boy

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • To doing this, in a book, I have an unfashionable but unalterable objection.

  • The dress of to-day is unfashionable to-morrow, because every body wears it.

  • They have come, you see, at last, even to this unfashionable corner of the island.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for unfashionable



not fashionabledull unfashionable clothes; an unfashionable view



conforming to fashion; in vogue
of, characteristic of, or patronized by people of fashiona fashionable café
(usually foll by with) patronized (by); popular (with)
Derived Formsfashionability or fashionableness, nounfashionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfashionable

1560s, "incapable of being shaped," from un- (1) "not" + fashionable. Meaning "not in accordance with prevailing fashion" is attested from 1640s. Related: Unfashionably.



"stylish," c.1600, "capable of being fashioned," also "conformable to prevailing tastes," from fashion + -able. Related: Fashionably.

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