[ vohg ]
/ voʊg /


something in fashion, as at a particular time: Short hairdos were the vogue in the twenties.
popular currency, acceptance, or favor; popularity: The book is having a great vogue.

Origin of vogue

1565–75; < Middle French: wave or course of success < Old Italian voga a rowing, derivative of vogare to row, sail < ?
Related formspre·vogue, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vogue


/ (vəʊɡ) /


the popular style at a specified time (esp in the phrase in vogue)
a period of general or popular usage or favourthe vogue for such dances is now over


(usually prenominal) popular or fashionablea vogue word
Derived Formsvoguish, adjective

Word Origin for vogue

C16: from French: a rowing, fashion, from Old Italian voga, from vogare to row, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for vogue



1570s, the vogue, "leading place in popularity, greatest success or acceptance," from Middle French vogue "fashion, success, drift, swaying motion (of a boat)" literally "a rowing," from Old French voguer "to row, sway, set sail," probably from Old Low German *wogon, variant of wagon "float, fluctuate," literally "to balance oneself" (see weigh). Apparently the notion is of being "borne along on the waves of fashion." Italian vogare also probably is borrowed from Germanic. Phrase in vogue "having a prominent place in popular fashion" first recorded 1643. The fashion magazine began publication in 1892.

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