American English

Definition of fashion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a popular style of clothes, hair, etc. at a particular time or place; the state of being popular dressed in the latest fashion the new season's fashions Long skirts have come into fashion again. Jeans are still in fashion. Some styles never go out of fashion.
  2. 2[countable] a popular way of behaving, doing an activity, etc. The fashion at the time was for teaching mainly the written language. Fashions in art and literature come and go.
  3. 3[uncountable] the business of making or selling clothes in new and different styles a fashion designer/magazine/show the world of fashion the fashion industry
  4. Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume 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 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/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/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/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with 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 for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shootIdioms
    after a fashion
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    to some extent, but not very well I can play the piano, after a fashion. “Do you speak French?” “After a fashion.”
    after the fashion of somebody/something (formal)
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    in the style of someone or something Many homes of that period were built after the fashion of Frank Lloyd Wright.
    in (a)… fashion (formal)
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    in a particular way How could they behave in such a fashion? She was proved right, in dramatic fashion, when the whole department resigned.
    like it's going out of fashion (informal)
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    used to emphasize that someone is doing something or using something a lot She's been spending money like it's going out of fashion.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fashion