[fash-uh n] /ˈfæʃ ən/
a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.:
the latest fashion in dresses.
conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it:
the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion.
manner; way; mode:
in a warlike fashion.
the make or form of anything:
He liked the fashion of the simple, sturdy furniture.
a kind; sort:
All fashions of people make up the world.
Obsolete. act or process of making.
verb (used with object)
to give a particular shape or form to; make:
The cavemen fashioned tools from stones.
to accommodate; adjust; adapt:
doctrines fashioned to the varying hour.
Shipbuilding. to bend (a plate) without preheating.
Obsolete. to contrive; manage.
after / in a fashion, in some manner or other or to some extent; in a makeshift, unskillful, or unsatisfactory way:
He’s an artist after a fashion.
(modifier) (esp of accessories) designed to be in the current fashion, but not necessarily to last
a way of life that revolves around the activities, dress, interests, etc, that are most fashionable
shape, appearance, or form
sort; kind; type
after a fashion, in a fashion
after the fashion of, like; similar to
of fashion, of high social standing
to give a particular form to
to make suitable or fitting
(obsolete) to contrive; manage
c.1300, “shape, manner, mode,” from Old French façon (12c.) “face, appearance; construction, pattern, design; thing done; beauty; manner, characteristic feature,” from Latin factionem (nominative factio) “group of people acting together,” literally “a making or doing,” from facere “to make” (see factitious).
Sense of “prevailing custom” is from late 15c.; that of “style of attire” is from 1520s.
To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable. [Eugenia Sheppard, “New York Herald Tribune,” Jan. 13, 1960]
Fashion plate (1851) originally was “full-page picture in a popular magazine showing the prevailing or latest style of dress,” in reference to the typographic “plate” from which it was printed. Transfered sense of “well-dressed person” had emerged by 1920s.
early 15c.; see fashion (n.). Related: Fashioned; fashioning.
[fash-uh-nee-stuh] /ˌfæʃ əˈni stə/ noun 1. a very fashionable person, especially one who works in the fashion industry. /ˌfæʃəˈniːstə/ noun 1. (informal) a person who follows trends in the fashion industry obsessively and strives continually to adopt the latest fashions noun a person working in or deeply involved with the high-fashion industry, such as a […]
noun 1. a person who consistently wears the latest style in dress. 2. an illustration showing the prevailing or new fashion in clothes. noun 1. an illustration of the latest fashion in dress 2. a fashionably dressed person noun phrase A well-dressed person, esp a stylish one: The present-day racketeer is a veritable fashion plate […]
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noun a person who tries to dress fashionably, but looks ridiculous Usage Note slang noun phrase
/ˈfæʃənɪ/ adjective 1. (informal) of or relating to fashion; fashionable; trendy: a more upbeat fashiony look