Definition of style in English:



  • 1A particular procedure by which something is done; a manner or way.

    ‘different styles of management’
    • ‘The development of primary care depends on high quality managers who are able to draw on a range of different management skills and styles.’
    • ‘Both have different management styles for their funds.’
    • ‘This is a mutual fund that further diversifies risk by investing in several hedge funds that invest in different sectors and have different strategies and management styles.’
    • ‘It's about imagining how to implement different program management styles, or how to collect data, or how to advocate on issues.’
    • ‘Japanese companies were praised for their management styles and production techniques.’
    • ‘Most of them find that learning and teaching styles are completely different to that in Asia.’
    • ‘In each case, I've thoroughly enjoyed the relationship and learned a great deal about different management styles.’
    • ‘The changes in teaching styles and methods the Bologna package calls for also strike at the core of faculty traditions and culture.’
    • ‘It is the journey and the path to this truth that is enumerated in different styles and manners in the various religions.’
    • ‘Radically refined social inequalities can be portrayed as reflecting different styles of practice.’
    • ‘I find ‘brainstorming’ an effective way to create modifications to teaching styles and procedures.’
    • ‘In trials of different styles of patient management, surgical procedures, or alternative therapies, full blinding is often impossible.’
    • ‘The two have different management styles with one trying to override the other by verbal aggression.’
    • ‘The survey showed that all programmes encourage self directed learning and allow for different learning styles and practice environments.’
    • ‘Their management styles too are very different.’
    • ‘So the dancers are all shapes and colors and they are all professionals, but they come from different styles, different techniques.’
    • ‘In addition, the different management styles of teachers and their implementation in the classroom are discussed.’
    • ‘The different styles also implicitly allude to the political power differentials that are associated with various regional identities.’
    • ‘Faculty from many schools present sessions at the conference, allowing an opportunity to observe different teaching styles.’
    • ‘Teachers with very different teaching styles and approaches can be equally effective.’
    manner, way, technique, method, methodology, approach, system, mode, form, practice
    type, kind, manner, variety, sort, nature, genre, vein, species, ilk, vintage, school, brand, quality, calibre, kidney
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    1. 1.1 A way of painting, writing, composing, building, etc., characteristic of a particular period, place, person, or movement.
      ‘the concerto is composed in a neoclassical style’
      ‘a striking feature of Swift's style is his use of conjunctions’
      • ‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has ordered Prince Harry to stop stealing Aboriginal symbols and painting styles.’
      • ‘Thank you so much for the compliments on my writing style and my characters.’
      • ‘This transition from home to the centre of the avant-garde is omnipresent in her painting style.’
      • ‘Will it ever be possible for a period to produce a style which is entirely original, or is our fashion fated to rest on what came before?’
      • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
      • ‘The contemporary material is the most accessible, probably because of our familiarity to both the characters, and the writing style.’
      • ‘One topic that should be treated at greater length is the congregations' views of their worship spaces and their buildings' architectural styles.’
      • ‘The project also has in its care 14 buildings of various architectural styles from the late 19th century to the early years of the 20th.’
      • ‘Although a loose chronology is evident in the development from one style to another, earlier styles of wall painting were renewed in later periods.’
      • ‘I'm enjoying connecting with the characters again, and I love the style and the period.’
      • ‘The single-story building reflected the architectural style of the church and used part of an existing boundary wall.’
      • ‘The series features all styles and periods of buildings, from country houses and gothic castles to a radar station and a water mill - dating from medieval times to the 20th century.’
      • ‘They use their painting styles to insert their artistic goals into their pictures.’
      • ‘I felt the writing style was solid and the characters real.’
      • ‘Here are a few of the letters, interesting to modern readers for their content and the formal style of writing.’
      • ‘While the architectural style of buildings is not all that make a city, it does reflect on the lifestyle of the majority of citizens.’
      • ‘During his lifetime, the artist went through different periods of characteristic painting styles.’
      • ‘These are some characteristics of the writing style of someone under a lot of stress or tension.’
      • ‘Though I'm developing my writing style, this story showed me how weak my main characters are.’
      • ‘The positive aspects of the German period can be seen in the charming style of older buildings in the city.’
    2. 1.2 A way of using language.
      ‘he never wrote in a journalistic style’
      mass noun ‘students should pay attention to style and idiom’
      • ‘The Japanese language includes sharply divergent styles of speech for men and women.’
      • ‘Here's part of a speech he gave in Sydney during that turbulent campaign, and it's worth listening to the style of language he uses.’
      • ‘Muslims consider the Quran itself to be a miracle because of the inimitability of its style and language.’
      • ‘The result is minimal body language, vocal styles that are close to a monotone, and a limited range of facial expressions.’
      • ‘Mr Midgley criticised our website and the style of language used.’
      • ‘Her style is journalistic more than literary or academic, the prose, simple, and her curiosity, endless.’
      • ‘Except for the language style and certain details, one cannot believe that the novel was written in 1895.’
      • ‘With choice to select a melodious tune, they have captions with the style of the English language being flowery.’
      • ‘Selected writers will represent as broad a range of languages and styles as possible.’
      • ‘The tone, the attitude, the style, the language; all have changed significantly.’
      • ‘Ascari uses non-technical language in a narrative style that is easy to read.’
      • ‘The baroque style with its florid language and stock allegories lasted longer in Ukraine than in Western Europe.’
      • ‘At only 32, he is already an influential journalist with a unique style and affection for political analysis.’
      • ‘Latham is overly fond of a technocratic style of language, favoured by business elites.’
      • ‘This is a common style in most languages to connote preference.’
      • ‘The post-modern era taught us to respect styles as languages and codes for messages of social value.’
      • ‘Someone can hear them and even if they don't know the language they embrace the style.’
      • ‘Reporters, individually or in groups, could use the Net to raise money directly from readers interested in specific stories or journalistic styles.’
      • ‘More than the style of language has changed at the paper since then.’
      • ‘The tract was kept deliberately short in order to make it widely accessible and the style of language was uniquely devoid of philosophy.’
      phraseology, mode of expression, wording, language
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    3. 1.3one's styleusually with negative One's usual way of behaving or approaching situations.
      ‘backing out isn't my style’
    4. 1.4 An official or legal title.
      ‘the partnership traded under the style of Storr and Mortimer’
      • ‘With a living trust, you need to be sure all of your assets and investments are styled in the name of the trust for the rest of your life.’
      designation, name, denomination, label, rank, status, office, position
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  • 2A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.

    ‘the pillars are no exception to the general style’
    • ‘The depth of failure, therefore, produces distinctive styles of intrusion.’
    • ‘Todd English became a star in the culinary world with his distinctive style of layering flavors and textures.’
    • ‘The question as to how and why some Indigenous footballers play distinctive styles of the game has, as a result, been rarely addressed.’
    • ‘We are also partnering with home decor licensors to bring distinctively unique styles of wall decor to our retailers.’
    • ‘The hotel is in the heart of the CBD and offers two distinctive room styles.’
    • ‘There's also the use of rocks, the inclusion of informal ponds, and a less verdant appearance than other styles.’
    • ‘His style is distinctive and demanding, but I had mixed feelings about the film.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of music and dance are associated with various social classes.’
    • ‘What we have here are a series of large, eight foot high canvases, generally untitled, painted in a number of styles, and appearing to hark back principally to Abstract Expressionism.’
    • ‘The channel has ordered 20 episodes of the ‘battling grillers’ whose dishes reflect their distinctive styles.’
    • ‘His distinctive style, a melange of watercolor and collage, resonates on every page.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of local pottery appear around 2500 BC along with Neolithic polished stone axes.’
    • ‘Several other small Ibibio masks in an angular style appear in the literature.’
    • ‘Since such coping styles appear to be shaped by prior experience, they may, in part, explain why earlier trauma can place an individual at risk.’
    • ‘Both tracks conjure compelling images of the sun and warmth with their distinctive, distortion-cloaked guitar styles.’
    • ‘The beer has the thick white head and cloudy, unfiltered appearance associated with the style.’
    • ‘Few guitarists can claim to have developed a style as distinctive as his, and rarely has such a weak vocal technique been used so evocatively.’
    • ‘Although the earlier devices felt a bit like plastic toys, this one proclaims its style with its appearance.’
    • ‘Maurice is a popular artist and has contributed to numerous group shows and his distinctive style will be familiar to many.’
    • ‘Stalin had to rehabilitate his predecessors to make his style appear progressive.’
    1. 2.1 A particular design of clothing.
      ‘his shoes were in a style that he could wear anywhere’
      • ‘Clothing styles and various garments may come and go, but the shoe remains.’
      • ‘But if the clothing and performance styles resemble those from US hip hop, the music is undeniably Cuban.’
      • ‘All kinds of music, all kinds of clothing styles and linguistic impulses pass through there.’
      • ‘Accepted styles of clothing today incur far less trouble from the weather than did the long women's skirt of the Victorian period.’
      • ‘What follows is a sampling of tech golf shirt styles from a variety of suppliers.’
      • ‘The girls were starved for news of the outside world, so Abbey told them all about the new celebrities, styles of clothing, and types of music.’
      • ‘Men's urban and rural clothing styles vary by region.’
      • ‘She had no idea how to navigate through such a big shop and choose her style of clothing.’
      • ‘Since we choose the style of clothing we wear, we in essence can direct how others perceive us based on our objectives.’
      • ‘Like hats, or certain styles of clothing, some look good on some people, some don't.’
      • ‘Boxers come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns that give each pair its own personality.’
      • ‘Big sleeves were in a variety of Chinese clothing styles from various dynasties.’
      • ‘This time around he went for being modern, by encompassing modern styles and techniques with Chanel's intricate classic designs.’
      • ‘Africans used them to create new styles of clothing appropriate to their needs and identities, which later were called traditional or ‘tribal’ dress.’
      • ‘As stated above, the key to looking stylish is to avoid wearing an outfit that's too matchy-matchy with colors, styles, or brands.’
      • ‘Primeau said interior design trends tend to reflect the fashion styles of clothing, two years later.’
      • ‘Also, keep in mind that certain clothing styles and fabrics offer better protection from the sun than do others.’
      • ‘What clothing styles, jewelry, scarves, and colors do you suggest to feel confident and look cute in?’
      • ‘What are your favorite styles or pieces of clothing that defy trends?’
      • ‘Just get a wide variety of styles and try everything on, and critique the look in the mirror.’
      fashion, trend, vogue, mode, latest thing
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    2. 2.2 A way of arranging the hair.
      ‘for a glamorous style, hair was brushed out after setting’
      • ‘If you only see people for the style of their hair or what they wear, you could miss what's right in front of your face.’
      • ‘The only similarities I could see, was that Morgan's hair was the same style as Basil's.’
      • ‘Griffin had short black hair in a tousled style, normally, as he now had here.’
      • ‘The style of hair and dress of the teenagers hanging around the street was much as I was fifteen years ago.’
      • ‘In the end I chose a style consisting of my hair being pulled back into a half bun with strands stylishly hanging loose.’
      • ‘Students were also required to have a special style of haircut, apparently so that they could be easily recognized in any civil disturbance.’
      • ‘At one point there is a discussion about cutting his daughter's hair in the style of a famous Italian personality to photograph in a spoof.’
      • ‘For people with no patience to spend lots of times tending to their hair, a short style is the best.’
      • ‘Each hair styling product forms distinct textures and styles for various hair types.’
      • ‘Bouffant styles and back combing became popular.’
      • ‘More cheering as a boy with thick black hair in the style of a bull-cut walked up to get his script.’
      • ‘I had cut my brown hair in a boy style, but it was still longer than most guys and it was surprising how much I looked like a boy.’
      • ‘It was a woman who had a few strands of greyish hair in a style which was short enough to be a man's cut.’
      • ‘Barbel finished the style by curling the hair with a flat iron and applying a light holding spray.’
      • ‘Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.’
      • ‘To the amazement of all of us, Johnson had shoulder-length hair, the style popular on campuses.’
      • ‘The catwalk look this season is big hair in a Fifties style, with an added air of modern sophistication and feminine glamour.’
      • ‘You get your hair cut in reasonable styles and accept the fact that the King is dead.’
      • ‘He was wearing jeans and a black shirt with his brown hair in a messy style.’
      • ‘Most women prefer the traditional styles of long upswept hair for adults and long braids for girls.’
      hairstyle, haircut, cut, coiffure
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  • 3mass noun Fashionable elegance and sophistication.

    ‘the world-famous hotel attracts guests because of its style and taste’
    • ‘The name Odeon, on the other hand, retains an air of tradition, elegance and style.’
    • ‘I never imagined that Sichuan dishes could be made in such an elegant and exquisite style.’
    • ‘You could have your visitors gasping in admiration at your elegance and style with this prize.’
    • ‘Despite our growing celebrity status we had no sophistication or sense of style.’
    • ‘I'd like to say that I did it with style and elegance but I suspect that would be a lie.’
    • ‘Consumption is more than just French style and taste, it represents the positioning of the self in a larger world.’
    • ‘On the outback road from Sydney to Melbourne, Tony Perrottet finds sophistication and style in the wild.’
    • ‘His sense of style ranged from the elegant to the outrageous.’
    • ‘Visiting the house, you can relive the previous tenants' elegant style of life.’
    • ‘The two of them have very similar tastes and sense of style so coming together was obvious.’
    • ‘But records do not reveal the elegance and style with which most of his runs were made.’
    • ‘But when a temple of style and urban sophistication founders on ambience, food and service, it doesn't leave much to cling to.’
    • ‘Waterford Crystal, the epitome of style and elegance, is the world's most successful luxury crystal brand.’
    • ‘If it is style, elegance and grandeur you are after then this five-bed detached property may be the home for you.’
    • ‘In recent years her style has become more sophisticated, elegant and streamlined.’
    • ‘As local real estate prices have soared, so has the region's reputation for style and taste.’
    • ‘Today, his star is fading and so is the idea that he is an icon of style and musical sophistication.’
    • ‘This kind of fridge has become a symbol of taste, elegance, style and wealth.’
    • ‘Is he dripping with charm, style and panache as well?’
    flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, dash, finesse, panache, elan, taste
    comfort, luxury, elegance, chic
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    1. 3.1 A confident, effortless manner or technique.
      ‘he plays with such style’
  • 4Botany
    (in a flower) a narrow, typically elongated extension of the ovary, bearing the stigma.

    • ‘As the pistil emerged from the bracts, the style elongated and the stigma expanded markedly in size and, finally, became receptive to pollen.’
    • ‘Stromules were also observed in epidermal cells of the style and the stigma.’
    • ‘This has been used previously to detect ethylene biosynthesis successfully from a variety of flowers and floral tissues including styles and during pollen tube growth.’
    • ‘Five pistils were dissected from flowers and the stigmas and styles were mounted on aluminium stubs using carbon paste.’
    • ‘The flowers are purplish-pink, with five petals, and the ovary usually has three styles.’
  • 5Zoology
    (in an invertebrate) a small, slender pointed appendage; a stylet.

    • ‘The precise styles of claw morphology may be quite variable, but the function can be deduced and tested experimentally in the case of living forms.’
    • ‘The last two foraging styles are more common early in the breeding season.’
    • ‘For each type of aquatic activity we examine unique behaviors or styles of locomotion that may contribute to a decrease in energetic costs.’
    • ‘The posterior midbrain sends 9 nerve cords frontally to the outer oral styles.’
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    archaic term for stylus (sense 2)


  • in (grand) style

    • In an impressive, grand, or luxurious way.

      ‘the opera company's soloists will help launch the appeal in style’
      • ‘Club members and supporters were out in style to lend their support to this event.’
      • ‘They like to socialise in style, so I will be going to some really smart parties.’
      • ‘Friends and neighbours will be out in style to give the popular singer a real big welcome.’
      • ‘It was apt that young people opened the festival in style, and also closed it in style.’
      • ‘There was festive cheer all over the York area as people young and old celebrated Christmas Day in style.’
      • ‘The ballroom dancers were out in style while there was also a novelty set dancing display.’
      • ‘A great man for walking, he is a familiar sight on most days as he steps it out in style around the town.’
      • ‘Wayne celebrated in style with a party for family and friends in the Mount Sion Centre.’
      • ‘They won their heat convincingly to obtain a favourable lane draw for their final which they won in style.’
      • ‘The festival kicks off in grand style on Monday, July 29, with the perennially popular event Mado au Casino.’
  • like it's going out of style (or fashion)

    • (with reference to the use or consumption of something) at an excessive rate.

      ‘people spend their money like it's going out of style’
      • ‘They're whizzing all round in the world in fast cars and faster planes burning up fuel like it's going out of fashion.’
      • ‘He spent money like it was going out of fashion.’
      • ‘My four brothers and I ate like it was going out of style.’
      • ‘Our problem is that we are now in the South, where they serve meat like it's going out of style.’
      • ‘I was walking up and down a busy lane shopping like it was going out of fashion.’
      • ‘I am going to start drinking water like it's going out of style.’


Middle 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 style (sense 2 of the verb)) from the early 16th century.