A trend is what's hip or popular at a certain point in time. While a trend usually refers to a certain style in fashion or entertainment, there could be a trend toward warmer temperatures (if people are following trends associated with global warming).

A trend simply reflects what seems to be going around at any given time. A trend can be in any area and doesn't only reflect fashion, pop culture and entertainment. There can also be a trend in the stock market to be bullish or bearish, depending on economic indicators, or a political trend reflecting a nation’s current mood. Some trends are fun, some fabulous, some appalling, but however long they last, you can be sure there will always be a new trend coming along to replace the old.

Definitions of trend
  1. noun
    a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
    “not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book”
    synonyms: drift, movement
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    evolutionary trend
    a general direction of evolutionary change
    a figurative movement toward some attraction
    an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species
    type of:
    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  2. noun
    a general direction in which something tends to move
    “the trend of the stock market”
    synonyms: tendency
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    type of:
    direction, way
    a line leading to a place or point
  3. noun
    the popular taste at a given time
    “he followed current trends
    synonyms: style, 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
    type of:
    appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
  4. noun
    general line of orientation
    “the northeastern trend of the coast”
    synonyms: course
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    type of:
    direction, way
    a line leading to a place or point
  5. verb
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    synonyms: curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, veer
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    peel off
    leave a formation
    swerve off course momentarily
    type of:
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
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