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style (staɪl Pronunciation for style



  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: stylePronunciation for style The style of something is the general way it is done or presented.His writing style is clear and straightforward.staɪl NOUN
  • Arabic: أُسْلُوبPronunciation for أُسْلُوب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: estiloPronunciation for estilo
  • Chinese: 风格Pronunciation for 风格
  • Croatian: izravanPronunciation for izravan
  • Czech: stylPronunciation for styl
  • Danish: stilPronunciation for stil
  • Dutch: stijlPronunciation for stijl
  • European Spanish: estiloPronunciation for estilo
  • Finnish: tyyliPronunciation for tyyli
  • French: stylePronunciation for style
  • German: StilPronunciation for Stil
  • Greek: στυλPronunciation for στυλ
  • Italian: stilePronunciation for stile
  • Japanese: スタイルPronunciation for スタイル
  • Korean: 스타일Pronunciation for 스타일
  • Norwegian: stilPronunciation for stil
  • Polish: stylPronunciation for styl
  • Portuguese: estiloPronunciation for estilo
  • Romanian: stil stiluri
  • Russian: стильPronunciation for стиль
  • Spanish: estiloPronunciation for estilo
  • Swedish: stilPronunciation for stil
  • Thai: รูปแบบPronunciation for รูปแบบ
  • Turkish: stilPronunciation for stil
  • Ukrainian: стиль
  • Vietnamese: kiểuPronunciation for 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'

A minute later Jenas teed up Solano in comparable style , this time Everton being sliced through the middle.
Irish Times (2002)
Dublin-born Alec Cobbe, who made the discovery, noted the earl was depicted in later portraits in "a more macho style ".
Irish Times (2002)
IN 1937 White Lodge House was built in the international style in the heart of Bearsden.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
In a style more common in Europe than America, the film would cynically alternate tragedy with farce.
John Baxter DE NIRO: A Biography (2002)
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)
Labarde was clearly provoking him; taunting a man just wasn't his style.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
The first section was classic Victorian Crystal Palace style , complete with plastic replica finials on the roof.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
The kitchen is individually designed in contemporary Shaker style , complementing the period detail.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
uk After graduating in History from Edinburgh University, Arabella spent a year working in the European style capital of Barcelona.
Country Life (2004)


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