style

Artists, musicians, and even chefs have their own personal style — a word used to describe the unique ways in which people express themselves.

Style is a word that's often used to describe the distinctive way in which artists, designers, and other creative types practice their crafts. The designer who launches a line of cardboard bathing suits is expressing his style, even if no one else finds these soggy suits stylish, or in fashion, at the moment. When hyphenated, style can describe the qualities of a person or thing, as in "Cajun-style cooking."

Primary Meanings of style

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how something is done or how it happens
make consistent with certain rules of style
2.
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a particular kind (as to appearance)
designate by an identifying term
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distinctive and stylish elegance
make consistent with a certain fashion or style
4.
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a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
Full Definitions of style
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n how something is done or how it happens

“in the characteristic New York style
Synonyms:
fashion, manner, modality, mode, way
Types:
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artistic style, idiom
the style of a particular artist or school or movement
drape
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
fit
the manner in which something fits
form
a particular mode in which something is manifested
life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
setup
the way something is organized or arranged
signature, touch
a distinguishing style
wise
a way of doing or being
response
the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
baroque, baroqueness
elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
classical style
the artistic style of ancient Greek art with its emphasis on proportion and harmony
order
(architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
rococo
fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
High Renaissance
the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
treatment
a manner of dealing with something artistically
fast lane
a hectic and pressured lifestyle often characterized by recklessness or dissipation
free living
a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
vanity fair
a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
common touch
the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
hang
the way a garment hangs
neoclassicism
revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism
a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
Romantic Movement, Romanticism
a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

“all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper”
Synonyms:
expressive style
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Messiah
an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
Hallel
(Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
Hare Krishna
a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
Dies Irae
the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
Internationale
a revolutionary socialist anthem
Te Deum
an ancient liturgical hymn
Magnificat
(Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
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allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
analysis
the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
bathos
triteness or triviality of style
black humor, black humour
the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect
device
something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
eloquence, fluency, smoothness
powerful and effective language
euphuism
any artificially elegant style of language
flatness
a want of animation or brilliance
expression, formulation
the style of expressing yourself
grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric
high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
headlinese
using the abbreviated style of headline writers
jargon
specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
journalese
the style in which newspapers are written
legalese
a style that uses the abstruse technical vocabulary of the law
delivery, manner of speaking, speech
your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
genre, music genre, musical genre, musical style
an expressive style of music
officialese
the style of writing characteristic of some government officials: formal and obscure
pathos
a style that has the power to evoke feelings
prose
matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
rhetoric
using language effectively to please or persuade
coarseness, saltiness
language or humor that is down-to-earth
self-expression
the expression of one's individuality (usually through creative activities)
sesquipedality
using long words
terseness
a neatly short and concise expressive style
turn of expression, turn of phrase
a distinctive spoken or written expression
vein
a distinctive style or manner
verboseness, verbosity
an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
genre, literary genre, writing style
a style of expressing yourself in writing
poetry
any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
drama
the literary genre of works intended for the theater
prose
ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
sentimentalism
the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
flourish
a display of ornamental speech or language
African-American music, black music
music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
classical, classical music, serious music
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
church music, religious music
genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
march, marching music
genre of music written for marching
popular music, popular music genre
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
address
the manner of speaking to another individual
catch
a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
Gongorism
an affected elegance of style that was introduced into Spanish literature by the poet Gongora
conceit
an artistic device or effect
doctorspeak
medical jargon
ecobabble
using the technical language of ecology to make the user seem ecologically aware
Eurobabble
the jargon of European community documents and regulations
gobbledygook
incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists
honorific
an expression of respect
psychobabble
using language loaded with psychological terminology
archaicism, archaism
the use of an archaic expression
boilerplate
standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
colloquialism
a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
idiom, parlance
a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Americanism
an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
Anglicism, Briticism, Britishism
an expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English)
choice of words, diction, phraseology, phrasing, verbiage, wording
the manner in which something is expressed in words
tongue
a manner of speaking
shibboleth
a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
tone, tone of voice
the quality of a person's voice
elocution
an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
inflection, modulation
a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
blah, bombast, claptrap, fustian, rant
pompous or pretentious talk or writing
luridness, sensationalism
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
technobabble
technical jargon from computing and other high-tech subjects
conceit
a witty or ingenious turn of phrase
conciseness, concision, pithiness, succinctness
terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words
crispness
an expressive style that is direct and to the point
brevity
the use of brief expressions
laconicism, laconism
terseness of expression
verbalism, verbiage
overabundance of words
long-windedness, prolixity, prolixness, windiness, wordiness
boring verbosity
ambage, circumlocution, periphrasis
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
repetitiousness, repetitiveness
verboseness resulting from excessive repetitions
pleonasm
using more words than necessary
form
an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
poesy, poetry, verse
literature in metrical form
rhetorical device
a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
Type of:
communication
something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

n editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display

Type of:
direction, instruction
a message describing how something is to be done

v make consistent with certain rules of style

style a manuscript”
Type of:
write
communicate or express by writing
2

n a particular kind (as to appearance)

“this style of shoe is in demand”
Type of:
form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

v designate by an identifying term

“They styled their nation `The Confederate States'”
Synonyms:
title
Type of:
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
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n distinctive and stylish elegance

Synonyms:
dash, elan, flair, panache
Type of:
elegance
a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

n the popular taste at a given time

“the 1920s had a style of their own”
Synonyms:
trend, vogue
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New Look
a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
fashion
the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
bandwagon
a popular trend that attracts growing support
cult of personality
intense devotion to a particular person
cut
the style in which a garment is cut
haute couture, high fashion, high style
trend-setting fashions
craze, cult, fad, furor, furore, rage
an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
retro
a fashion reminiscent of the past
Type of:
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

v make consistent with a certain fashion or style

Style my hair”
style the dress”
Types:
pompadour
style women's hair in a pompadour
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
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n a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving

Synonyms:
stylus
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

n a slender bristlelike or tubular process

“a cartilaginous style
Types:
stylet
small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
Type of:
appendage, outgrowth, process
a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

n (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma

Types:
stylopodium
an enlargement at the base of the style in some Umbelliferae
corn silk, cornsilk
each of the long filamentous styles that grow as a silky tuft at the tip of an ear of Indian corn
Type of:
reproductive structure
the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction

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