Definition of style noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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way something is done

1 [countable, uncountable] style (of something) the particular way in which something is donea style of managementa management stylefurniture to suit your style of livinga study of different teaching stylesI 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 motorcycle—I'd have thought big cars were more his style (= what suited him). see also lifestyle

design of clothes/hair

2 [countable] a particular design of something, especially clothesWe stock a wide variety of styles and sizes.Have you thought about wearing your hair in a shorter style?a style that was popular in the 1950s3 [uncountable] the quality of being fashionable in the clothes that you wearstyle-conscious teenagersShort skirts are back in style (= fashionable).My husband has no sense of style.

being elegant

4 [uncountable] the quality of being elegant and made to a high standardThe hotel has been redecorated but it's lost a lot of its style.She does everything with style and grace.

of book/painting/building

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 architecturea fine example of Gothic stylea parody written in the style of MolièreThe palace was rebuilt in the same style.

use of language

6 [uncountable, countable] the correct use of languageIt'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).


7 (in adjectives) having the type of style mentionedItalian-style gardensa buffet-style breakfast see also old-style

in a plant

8 (biology) the long thin part of a flower that carries the stigma [countable]

in (great, grand, etc.) style

in an impressive way
She always celebrates her birthday in style.He won the championship in great stylein great, grand, etc. style
Usage noteUsage note: Clothes and Fashionclothesbe wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costumebe (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 occasionbe dressed as a man/woman/clown/piratewear/dress in casual/designer/second-hand clotheswear jewelry/accessories/a watch/glasses/contact lenses/perfumehave a cowboy hat/red dress/blue suit onput on/take off your clothes/coat/shoes/gloves/socks/helmetchange into/get changed into a pair of jeans/your pajamasappearancechange/enhance/improve your appearancecreate/get/have/give something a new/contemporary/retro lookbrush/comb/shampoo/wash/blow-dry your hairhave/get a haircut/your hair cut/a new hairstylehave/get a piercing/your nose piercedhave/get a tattoo/a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removedhave/get a makeover/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatmentuse/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashionfollow/keep up with fashion/the latest fashionsspend/waste money on designer clothesbe fashionably/stylishly/well dressedhave good/great/terrible/awful taste in clothesupdate/revamp your wardrobebe in/come into/go out of fashionbe (back/very much) in voguecreate a style/trend for somethingorganize/put on a fashion showshow/unveil a designer's spring/summer collectionsashay/strut down the catwalk/runwaybe on/do a photo/fashion shoot