Definition of style noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//staɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//staɪl//
    The fashion world, Describing art
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    way something is done
  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] style (of something) the particular way in which something is done a style of management a management style furniture to suit your style of living a study of different teaching styles I like your style (= I like the way you do things). Caution was not her style (= not the way she usually behaved). I'm surprised he rides a motorbike—I'd have thought big cars were more his style (= what suited him). see also lifestyle
  2. design of clothes/hair
  3. 2  [countable] a particular design of something, especially clothes We stock a wide variety of styles and sizes. Have you thought about having your hair in a shorter style? a style that was popular in the 1950s CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform be (dressed) in black/​red/​jeans and a T-shirt/​your best suit/​leather/​silk/​rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/​school/​dinner/​a special occasion be dressed as a man/​woman/​clown/​pirate wear/​dress in casual/​designer/​second-hand clothes wear jewellery/(especially US English) jewelry/​accessories/​a watch/​glasses/​contact lenses/​perfume have a cowboy hat/​red dress/​blue suit on put on/​take off your clothes/​coat/​shoes/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) your pajamasAppearance change/​enhance/​improve your appearance create/​get/​have/​give something a new/​contemporary/​retro look brush/​comb/​shampoo/​wash/​blow-dry your hair have/​get a haircut/​your hair cut/​a new hairstyle have/​get a piercing/​your nose pierced have/​get a tattoo/​a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/​get a makeover/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) fashion/​the latest fashions spend/​waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/​stylishly/​well dressed have good/​great/​terrible/​awful taste in clothes update/​revamp your wardrobe be in/​come into/​go out of fashion be (back/​very much) in vogue create a style/​trend/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot see also hairstyle See related entries: The fashion world
  4. 3  [uncountable] the quality of being fashionable in the clothes that you wear style-conscious teenagers Short skirts are back in style (= fashionable). My husband has no sense of style. See related entries: The fashion world
  5. being elegant
  6. 4  [uncountable] the quality of being elegant and made to a high standard The hotel has been redecorated but it's lost a lot of its style. She does everything with style and grace.
  7. of book/painting/building
  8. 5  [countable, uncountable] the features of a book, painting, building, etc. that make it typical of a particular author, artist, historical period, etc. a style of architecture a fine example of Gothic style a parody written in the style of Molière The palace was rebuilt in the same style. See related entries: Describing art
  9. use of language
  10. 6[uncountable, countable] the correct use of language It's not considered good style to start a sentence with ‘but’. Please follow house style (= the rules of spelling, etc. used by a particular publishing company).
  11. -style
  12. 7(in adjectives) having the type of style mentioned Italian-style gardens a buffet-style breakfast see also old-style
  13. in a plant
  14. 8 (biology) the long thin part of a flower that carries the stigma
  15. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a stylus, also a literary composition, an official title, or a characteristic manner of literary expression): from Old French stile, from Latin stilus. The verb dates (first in sense (2)) from the early 16th cent.Extra examples He adapted his acting style to suit the material. He evolved his style of painting while working as a magazine illustrator. He has a certain style. His aggressive style of play sometimes gets him in trouble. I like your style! It shows real courage. Long velvet curtains add a touch of style to the main room. She was dressed in casual style. The 16th century house has been renovated and furnished in contemporary style. The article is written in a conversational style. The new houses have been built in a traditional style. The pianist had to tailor his style to suit the vocalist’s distinctive voice. The two artists have radically different styles. The whole house just oozed style. They celebrated in style by popping open a bottle of champagne. Whatever she did, she did it with style. a casual style of speech a chain of bars which has developed its own house style a flamboyant style of dress a wide range of musical styles an autocratic style of leadership an old style of management her inimitable personal style her inimitable style of humour his innate sense of style to arrive/​go out/​travel in style very utilitarian in style Caution was not her style. He attempted to sing the song in the style of Elvis Presley. Her style differs from that of many of her contemporaries. I don’t like his style of management. Short skirts are back in style. The city contains many different styles of architecture. The hotel has been redecorated but it’s lost a lot of its style. They were told to write the passage in the style of Hemingway. This is a fine example of the Gothic style. We sell furniture to suit all styles of living. What’s her teaching style like? Why not have your hair cut in a shorter style? hot tips for style-conscious teenagersIdioms
    cramp somebody’s style
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    (informal) to stop somebody from behaving in the way they want to She didn’t want me to go with her to the party in case I cramped her style.
    in (great, grand, etc.) style
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    in an impressive way She always celebrates her birthday in style. He won the championship in great style.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: style