Definition of fashion in English:

fashion

noun

  • 1A popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.

    ‘the latest Parisian fashions’
    • ‘She's at the age when kids start to become fashion conscious.’
    • ‘The fashions and sensibilities of popular culture contributed to the idea more than anything, even more than the nightly news.’
    • ‘I love Japanese street fashion for its amazing ability to throw all conventions out the window.’
    • ‘Fads and fashions in body style will come and go at the margin.’
    • ‘I keep up with the latest trends and fashions, and while my style might not match that of my fellow students, I feel as though adults take me more seriously.’
    • ‘Invitation designs follow fashion trends so Jo said the shop has to keep up with the latest styles.’
    • ‘There will also be some men's fashions featured.’
    • ‘A special Women's Page appeared in the 1930s where the latest fashion trends in Paris could be found.’
    • ‘Among other popular fashions banned are tank tops (for men), white T-shirts worn as outer garments and midriff-baring shirts.’
    • ‘Western-style clothing fashions swept the country in one generation.’
    • ‘Using color forecasting services and other research, each year colors are updated to reflect the latest fashion trends.’
    • ‘New styles and fashions are created and popularised by it.’
    • ‘A leather wallet is a must-have fashion accessory that every man should own.’
    • ‘I'll take a break from complaining to mention how much I love the fall fashions.’
    • ‘Muslim fashion has become more popular than in the past and has become simple yet chic for both men and women.’
    • ‘Some late twentieth-century trends in interpretation perhaps reflect the fashions of their day.’
    • ‘Calling all trendsetters - here's the latest in summer fashion accessories and clothing.’
    • ‘And many of those designs are seeing a return to popularity, along with some of the clothing fashions of the day.’
    • ‘Every other fashion programme concentrates on latest fashions and doing hair and make-overs.’
    • ‘Yet other printed essays and treatises described in detail the latest hair fashions from France and how to achieve them with the assistance of a hairdresser, or friseur.’
    vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, mode, fad, fancy, passing fancy
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    1. 1.1mass noun The production and marketing of new styles of clothing and cosmetics.
      as modifier ‘a fashion magazine’
      • ‘We hope that this has been a lesson in smart reading of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘The fair this year has invited more than 180 fashion producers from home and overseas.’
      • ‘A fashion magazine editor is going to remember them by types of clothing and jewelry worn.’
      • ‘It is what has become known as the disposable young fashion market.’
      • ‘Doing something different in the competitive world of fashion magazines is not easy.’
      • ‘The result is a huge mixture of fashion creativity which varies enormously in quality.’
      • ‘My daughter is a published poet and artist and is studying fashion technology.’
      • ‘Fashion designers are asking for similar protection for clothing designs for three years.’
      • ‘Fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, have dedicated collections to her.’
      • ‘Her profile recalls Greek classical sculpture as well as fashion mannequins of the period.’
      • ‘Like other artists, fashion designers are somewhat sensitive and can be competitive.’
      • ‘A whole range of people got together, including people from the fashion industry.’
      • ‘The end result will be like something you have seen in way-out fashion magazines.’
      • ‘More importantly, he considers himself the world's best fashion photographer.’
      • ‘At least four national high street fashion retailers have already expressed an interest in opening in the town alongside Debenhams.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, covering a war for a women's fashion magazine is surely as surreal as it gets, he acknowledges.’
      • ‘She's glad to be working, especially since there's a glut of fashion photographers out there.’
      • ‘Artists and fashion designers are taking over somewhat from the literary types, however.’
      • ‘The winner of the crown can now be seen frequently on TV and the covers of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘However, there are fashion magazines and features put together by professionals, so why step on their toes?’
      clothes, the clothes industry, clothes design, couture
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  • 2A manner of doing something.

    ‘the work is done in a rather casual fashion’
    • ‘And so I think, overall, it is progressing in an orderly fashion.’
    • ‘But in the last week he has put those wrongs right in spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘The 18-hole play-off followed a similar fashion to that of the last round.’
    • ‘There is no danger that the war will be reported in anything approaching an objective fashion.’
    • ‘Unlike machines, these living systems respond to changes in a non-linear fashion.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurship, meanwhile, is considered only as an afterthought and in piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘I think that danger may lurk in the background, but it is likely to arise in an indirect fashion, rather than directly.’
    • ‘These students understand why a system is designed in a particular fashion and how it works.’
    • ‘He would walk up to the middle in a carefree manner, and set about his act in a masterly fashion.’
    • ‘The right to a fair trial in a timely fashion is one of the cornerstones of our society.’
    • ‘As a consequence the Claimants' answers have been provided in a piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘Ensuring efficient completion of the surgical schedule in a timely fashion is impossible without appropriate instrumentation.’
    • ‘Most of you send me fine links and do it in a fashion that tells me you have manners.’
    • ‘To prevent people from seeing videos in a timely fashion is the summit of her achievements so far.’
    • ‘In my usual haphazard fashion, none of them were labeled.’
    • ‘The chairman would like to thank all who attended and behaved in a mannerly fashion.’
    • ‘Largely out of my experience with the Science Council I wanted it to be done in a systematic fashion.’
    • ‘Instead he reforms himself in a public and determined fashion in order to make himself worthy of her.’
    • ‘Please exit in an orderly fashion and make your way to the shuttle bay.’
    • ‘Over the years I've collected these anthologies in a rather piecemeal fashion.’
    manner, way, style, method, mode
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Phrases

  • after a fashion

    • To a certain extent but not perfectly.

      ‘he could read after a fashion’
      • ‘Quite a few people come looking for cartoon ducks, and they find them, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Some of these people I call friends and indeed we still are friends after a fashion.’
      • ‘They toyed with them after a fashion, and then got back on the bus.’
      • ‘A few each year go off to college, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Strangers think they know you - and they do, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Having picked up new skills, after a fashion, I'm keen to employ them on a proper mountain tour.’
      • ‘It is sly, clever after a fashion, and undeniably effective.’
      • ‘It's a question he's pondered too, after a fashion.’
      • ‘He had become a traitor to his class - after a fashion.’
      • ‘And I've constructed my photograph album, after a fashion.’
      to a certain extent, in a way, in a rough way, somehow or other, somehow, in an approximate manner, in a manner of speaking, in its way
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  • after (or in) the fashion of

    • In a manner similar to.

      ‘she took servants for granted after the fashion of wealthy girls’
      • ‘In this way I am giving and kind to you, in the fashion of a demi-god.’
      • ‘Secondly, the bureaucracy handles its affairs after the fashion of the division of labour in manufacturing.’
      • ‘It has been built in the fashion of an authentic Irish pub and is very popular among Clevelanders of all ethnic backgrounds.’
      • ‘At this point, it is clear that contamination must be censored, and the punishment comes in the fashion of another deviation: that of the gaze of the censor.’
      • ‘The trees on the road, always pruned in the fashion of the country, gave almost no shade.’
      • ‘The two of us hit the road back to my Uncle's and in the fashion of most of our journeys, we turn to song.’
      • ‘Modernism in the fashion of James Joyce or Virginia Woolf meant little or nothing to him.’
      • ‘She is an eccentric in the fashion of a good many English women who have taken to the East, i.e. a mixture of battiness and extreme practicality.’
      • ‘He seems genuinely surprised, much after the fashion of people of goodwill who sit on government blue-ribbon commissions everywhere.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      in the style of, in the manner of, in imitation of, on the model of, following the pattern of, after the fashion of, along the lines of, on the lines of, influenced by
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  • in (or out of) fashion

    • Popular (or unpopular) and considered (or not considered) to be smart at the time in question.

      ‘the Sixties look is back in fashion’
      ‘extreme designs go out of fashion as quickly as they come in’
      • ‘In their place, remodelers often had to use whatever happened to be in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘They can be worn for weeks until they go out of fashion, after which they can be unceremoniously discarded.’
      • ‘Baroque art, which fell out of fashion in the mid-1700s, was a particularly popular target.’
      • ‘Politics, we keep being told, is out of fashion because nobody addresses the really tough questions that matter.’
      • ‘I tune in for the fashion firsts, the fashion faux pas, and to see what's in fashion.’
      • ‘Cultural figures go out of fashion for all sorts of sometimes quite arbitrary reasons.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is a permanent fixture in popular culture, and he is particularly in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘More recently, though, stage directions have fallen out of fashion.’
      • ‘The clothes in this store were exactly like her, bizarre and so out of fashion that they were cool.’
      • ‘Purely by chance, she chose a colour that would never go out of fashion.’
      fashionable, in vogue, up to date, up to the minute, all the rage, bang up to date
      unfashionable, out of style, no longer fashionable, old-fashioned, out of date, outdated, dated, outmoded, behind the times, last year's, superseded
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘make, shape, appearance’, also ‘a particular make or style’): from Old French façon, from Latin factio(n-), from facere ‘do, make’.

Pronunciation

fashion

/ˈfaʃ(ə)n/