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style (staɪl



  1. a form of appearance, design, or production; type or make   ⇒  ■ a new style of house
  2. the way in which something is done   ⇒  ■ good or bad style
  3. the manner in which something is expressed or performed, considered as separate from its intrinsic content, meaning, etc
  4. a distinctive, formal, or characteristic manner of expression in words, music, painting, etc
  5. elegance or refinement of manners, dress, etc
  6. prevailing fashion in dress, looks, etc
  7. a fashionable or ostentatious mode of existence   ⇒  ■ to live in style
  8. the particular mode of orthography, punctuation, design, etc, followed in a book, journal, etc, or in a printing or publishing house
  9. (mainly British) the distinguishing title or form of address of a person or firm
  10. (botany) the stalk of a carpel, bearing the stigma
  11. (zoology) a slender pointed structure, such as the piercing mouthparts of certain insects
  12. a method of expressing or calculating dates . See Old Style, New Style
  13. another word for stylus (sense 1
  14. the arm of a sundial


verb (mainly transitive)

  1. to design, shape, or tailor   ⇒  ■ to style hair
  2. to adapt or make suitable (for)
  3. to make consistent or correct according to a printing or publishing style
  4. to name or call; designate   ⇒  ■ to style a man a fool
  5. (intransitive) to decorate objects using a style or stylus

Derived Forms

ˈstylar  adjective
ˈstyler  noun

Word Origin

C13: from Latin stylus, stilus writing implement, hence characteristics of the writing, style

Translations for 'style'

  • British English: style The style of something is the general way it is done or presented.His writing style is clear and straightforward.staɪl NOUN
  • Arabic: أُسْلُوب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: estilo
  • Chinese: 风格
  • Croatian: izravan
  • Czech: styl
  • Danish: stil
  • Dutch: stijl
  • European Spanish: estilo
  • Finnish: tyyli
  • French: style
  • German: Stil
  • Greek: στυλ
  • Italian: stile
  • Japanese: スタイル
  • Korean: 스타일
  • Norwegian: stil
  • Polish: styl
  • Portuguese: estilo
  • Romanian: stil stiluri
  • Russian: стиль
  • Spanish: estilo
  • Swedish: stil
  • Thai: รูปแบบ
  • Turkish: stil
  • Ukrainian: стиль
  • Vietnamese: kiểu
  • British English: style If something such as a piece of clothing, a vehicle, or someone's hair is styled in a particular way, it is designed or shaped in that way. VERBHis thick blond hair had just been styled before his trip.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: estilizar
  • Chinese: 设计式样设設计計式样樣
  • European Spanish: diseñar
  • French: coiffer
  • German: stylen
  • Italian: acconciarecapelli
  • Japanese: 整える
  • Korean: 특정 양식으로 손질하다
  • Portuguese: estilizar
  • Spanish: diseñar

Example Sentences Including 'style'

Just like Diane Shipley's sketch, except that her natural hair was dark blonde, cut short in a feathered, elfin style.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
The first section was classic Victorian Crystal Palace style , complete with plastic replica finials on the roof.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
Labarde was clearly provoking him; taunting a man just wasn't his style.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)


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