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

n a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

“not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book”
drift, movement
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

n a general direction in which something tends to move

“the trend of the stock market”
Type of:
direction, way
a line leading to a place or point

n the popular taste at a given time

“he followed current trends
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
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appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

n general line of orientation

“the northeastern trend of the coast”
Type of:
direction, way
a line leading to a place or point

v turn sharply; change direction abruptly

curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, veer
peel off
leave a formation
swerve off course momentarily
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change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

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