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."

Definitions of style
  1. noun
    how something is done or how it happens
    “in the characteristic New York style
    synonyms: fashion, manner, modality, mode, way
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    artistic style, idiom
    the style of a particular artist or school or movement
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    the manner in which something fits
    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
    the way something is organized or arranged
    signature, touch
    a distinguishing style
    a way of doing or being
    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
    (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
    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
    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)
    the way a garment hangs
    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:
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    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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    an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
    the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
    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
    something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
    eloquence, fluency, smoothness
    powerful and effective language
    any artificially elegant style of language
    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
    using the abbreviated style of headline writers
    specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
    the style in which newspapers are written
    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
    the style of writing characteristic of some government officials: formal and obscure
    a style that has the power to evoke feelings
    matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
    using language effectively to please or persuade
    coarseness, saltiness
    language or humor that is down-to-earth
    the expression of one's individuality (usually through creative activities)
    using long words
    a neatly short and concise expressive style
    turn of expression, turn of phrase
    a distinctive spoken or written expression
    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
    any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
    a rhetorical appeal that relies on the character or credibility of the speaker
    a rhetorical appeal to the audience's reason or rationality
    the distinctive way a writer uses language to express their personality and ideas
    the literary genre of works intended for the theater
    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
    the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
    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)
    the manner of speaking to another individual
    a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
    an affected elegance of style that was introduced into Spanish literature by the poet Gongora
    an artistic device or effect
    medical jargon
    using the technical language of ecology to make the user seem ecologically aware
    the jargon of European community documents and regulations
    incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists
    an expression of respect
    using language loaded with psychological terminology
    archaicism, archaism
    the use of an archaic expression
    standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
    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
    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
    a manner of speaking
    a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
    tone, tone of voice
    the quality of a person's voice
    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
    technical jargon from computing and other high-tech subjects
    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
    an expressive style that is direct and to the point
    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
    using more words than necessary
    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)
    the use of vivid, descriptive language in literature, especially language that appeals to the senses
    a literary genre that uses humor to ridicule human failings and vices
    a literary style that seeks to evoke feelings and sensory responses, rather than representing reality objectively
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    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  3. noun
    editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
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    direction, instruction
    a message describing how something is to be done
  4. verb
    make consistent with certain rules of style
    style a manuscript”
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    communicate or express by writing
  5. noun
    a particular kind (as to appearance)
    “this style of shoe is in demand”
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    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  6. verb
    designate by an identifying term
    synonyms: title
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    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  7. noun
    distinctive and stylish elegance
    synonyms: dash, elan, flair, panache
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    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  8. noun
    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
    the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
    a popular trend that attracts growing support
    cult of personality
    intense devotion to a particular person
    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
    a fashion reminiscent of the past
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    appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
  9. verb
    make consistent with a certain fashion or style
    Style my hair”
    style the dress”
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    style women's hair in a pompadour
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  10. noun
    a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
    synonyms: stylus
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    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  11. noun
    a slender bristlelike or tubular process
    “a cartilaginous style
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    small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
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    appendage, outgrowth, process
    a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
  12. noun
    (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma
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    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
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    reproductive structure
    the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
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