Definition of fashion in English:

fashion

noun

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

    ‘the latest Parisian fashions’
    • ‘Western-style clothing fashions swept the country in one generation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fads and fashions in body style will come and go at the margin.’
    • ‘There will also be some men's fashions featured.’
    • ‘Among other popular fashions banned are tank tops (for men), white T-shirts worn as outer garments and midriff-baring shirts.’
    • ‘Muslim fashion has become more popular than in the past and has become simple yet chic for both men and women.’
    • ‘Invitation designs follow fashion trends so Jo said the shop has to keep up with the latest styles.’
    • ‘A leather wallet is a must-have fashion accessory that every man should own.’
    • ‘A special Women's Page appeared in the 1930s where the latest fashion trends in Paris could be found.’
    • ‘Every other fashion programme concentrates on latest fashions and doing hair and make-overs.’
    • ‘I love Japanese street fashion for its amazing ability to throw all conventions out the window.’
    • ‘The fashions and sensibilities of popular culture contributed to the idea more than anything, even more than the nightly news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll take a break from complaining to mention how much I love the fall fashions.’
    • ‘Some late twentieth-century trends in interpretation perhaps reflect the fashions of their day.’
    • ‘She's at the age when kids start to become fashion conscious.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘At least four national high street fashion retailers have already expressed an interest in opening in the town alongside Debenhams.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, have dedicated collections to her.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, covering a war for a women's fashion magazine is surely as surreal as it gets, he acknowledges.’
      • ‘Fashion designers are asking for similar protection for clothing designs for three years.’
      • ‘Doing something different in the competitive world of fashion magazines is not easy.’
      • ‘However, there are fashion magazines and features put together by professionals, so why step on their toes?’
      • ‘My daughter is a published poet and artist and is studying fashion technology.’
      • ‘A whole range of people got together, including people from the fashion industry.’
      • ‘More importantly, he considers himself the world's best fashion photographer.’
      • ‘The result is a huge mixture of fashion creativity which varies enormously in quality.’
      • ‘Her profile recalls Greek classical sculpture as well as fashion mannequins of the period.’
      • ‘The fair this year has invited more than 180 fashion producers from home and overseas.’
      • ‘We hope that this has been a lesson in smart reading of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘Like other artists, fashion designers are somewhat sensitive and can be competitive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The end result will be like something you have seen in way-out fashion magazines.’
      • ‘She's glad to be working, especially since there's a glut of fashion photographers out there.’
      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’
    • ‘The right to a fair trial in a timely fashion is one of the cornerstones of our society.’
    • ‘There is no danger that the war will be reported in anything approaching an objective fashion.’
    • ‘These students understand why a system is designed in a particular fashion and how it works.’
    • ‘To prevent people from seeing videos in a timely fashion is the summit of her achievements so far.’
    • ‘Over the years I've collected these anthologies in a rather piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘Please exit in an orderly fashion and make your way to the shuttle bay.’
    • ‘But in the last week he has put those wrongs right in spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘The chairman would like to thank all who attended and behaved in a mannerly fashion.’
    • ‘Most of you send me fine links and do it in a fashion that tells me you have manners.’
    • ‘Unlike machines, these living systems respond to changes in a non-linear fashion.’
    • ‘In my usual haphazard fashion, none of them were labeled.’
    • ‘As a consequence the Claimants' answers have been provided in a piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘The 18-hole play-off followed a similar fashion to that of the last round.’
    • ‘Ensuring efficient completion of the surgical schedule in a timely fashion is impossible without appropriate instrumentation.’
    • ‘I think that danger may lurk in the background, but it is likely to arise in an indirect fashion, rather than directly.’
    • ‘He would walk up to the middle in a carefree manner, and set about his act in a masterly fashion.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurship, meanwhile, is considered only as an afterthought and in piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘And so I think, overall, it is progressing in an orderly fashion.’
    • ‘Instead he reforms himself in a public and determined fashion in order to make himself worthy of her.’
    • ‘Largely out of my experience with the Science Council I wanted it to be done in a systematic fashion.’
    manner, way, style, method, mode
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Make into a particular form.

    ‘the bottles were fashioned from green glass’
    • ‘Back in the days when England was embroiled in the Hundred Years' War against France, a family of notables was fashioning its own chapel in the valley of the River Kent.’
    • ‘The couple spent weekends fashioning their tower house.’
    • ‘He cleverly fashions a raft and paddles out to the coral reef for some spear fishing.’
    • ‘He says that fashioning the crown is the most difficult part of the job.’
    • ‘But not everyone found the pivotal moment so memorable while Martin was fashioning this cabinet.’
    • ‘Journalists seized on the idea that impossible restrictions were to be placed on hand-made toys fashioned by craftsmen for centuries.’
    • ‘The opportunity to observe artisans fashioning crystal is not the only reason to visit the Corning Museum of Glass.’
    • ‘Live water plants should be preferred over artificial ones fashioned out of plastic.’
    • ‘The descendants of the Spanish refugees are still fashioning these shutters, especially in the Andalusian quarter of Bizerte.’
    • ‘She added that the programmes which assisted young people in fashioning their lives and earning a living were either dissolved or taken away.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was fashioned of wood or a metal that had been through an alchemical process all its own.’
    • ‘Home-made labels were sometimes fashioned from wood or slate and would likewise have written information.’
    • ‘It is said that you can recognise the deft hands that fashioned a doll by looking for telltale signs and shapes on it.’
    • ‘In the beginning, he, like most puppeteers, was driven by craft, fashioning puppets to express his artistic impulse.’
    • ‘The effect was like a writhing smiley face fashioned out of live leeches.’
    • ‘This was partly, he believed, because he had not courted the public or succeeded in fashioning a charismatic image.’
    • ‘He is sitting, fashioning a silent whistle out of wood, he blows it and the dog comes running back.’
    • ‘He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.’
    • ‘On Saturday however, a welcome victory was fashioned purely from raw talent and endeavour.’
    • ‘He was proud of their collection, and also of those American artists and artisans who had fashioned the objects.’
    construct, build, manufacture, make, create, fabricate, contrive
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    1. 1.1fashion something into Use materials to produce (something)
      ‘the skins were fashioned into boots and shoes’
      • ‘Even old railway sleepers have been fashioned into new building material.’
      • ‘The finding raises hopes that the new cells can be fashioned into transplantable material for patients whose own cells and tissues have become faulty.’
      • ‘It fashions these elements into a performance that allows something new to appear, the design of which was not necessarily inevitable.’
      • ‘Thermoelectric materials can be fashioned into devices to create electricity from temperature differences or into solid-state cooling devices.’
      • ‘In one sequence the camera reveals a nurse fashioning a cardboard box into a dead child's makeshift coffin to be strapped to a bicycle.’
      • ‘A few minutes later, they had fashioned the antenna into a makeshift letter U and put it over the cable.’
      • ‘He is fashioning a unique gel into contact lenses that change color depending on the glucose levels of the patients.’
      • ‘I am fashioning this material into a visually poetic tribute to his genius.’
      • ‘He and his coworkers have already fashioned the fibers into electricity-storage devices called supercapacitors, which they incorporated into ordinary cloth.’
      • ‘Kathryn looked into the mirror that was handed to her and saw that he had fashioned her hair into an elegant bun at the back of her head, wisps of her falling around the tight knob.’
      • ‘So as I fashioned those stories into the novel, I realized that I was telling a ‘coming of age’ story, which is relatively rare for a black male literary writer.’
      • ‘Though the basic ideas appear to work in three dimensions, engineers will face some challenges fashioning real compounds into such devices, he says.’
      • ‘Feeling melancholy, he fashioned the cut reeds into the musical instrument that bears his name - the pan-pipe.’
      • ‘He fashions these small thoughts into a sprawling 1,500-word polemic - a sort of liberal call-to-arms.’
      • ‘To show this, they fashioned the material into threads and used them to stitch four incisions on two rats.’
      • ‘Although Joan does things that some might consider repugnant, Linney fashions her alter-ego into a sympathetic human being.’
      • ‘The fissures between allowed only thin, precise shafts of pale light to strike the trunks and grass, as if the trees were fashioning the sun into a gallery of shapes.’
      • ‘What a sight he made when he fashioned his coat-tails into a kind of pouch and hopped about the room imitating a kangaroo.’
      • ‘It's not hard to picture him sitting on the porch at his Portland home fashioning these reflections into songs.’

Phrases

  • after a fashion

    • To a certain extent but not perfectly.

      ‘he could read after a fashion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Quite a few people come looking for cartoon ducks, and they find them, after a fashion.’
      • ‘They toyed with them after a fashion, and then got back on the bus.’
      • ‘Strangers think they know you - and they do, after a fashion.’
      • ‘A few each year go off to college, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Some of these people I call friends and indeed we still are friends after a fashion.’
      • ‘It is sly, clever after a fashion, and undeniably effective.’
      • ‘Having picked up new skills, after a fashion, I'm keen to employ them on a proper mountain tour.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Modernism in the fashion of James Joyce or Virginia Woolf meant little or nothing to him.’
      • ‘Secondly, the bureaucracy handles its affairs after the fashion of the division of labour in manufacturing.’
      • ‘In this way I am giving and kind to you, in the fashion of a demi-god.’
      • ‘He seems genuinely surprised, much after the fashion of people of goodwill who sit on government blue-ribbon commissions everywhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has been built in the fashion of an authentic Irish pub and is very popular among Clevelanders of all ethnic backgrounds.’
      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’
      • ‘Politics, we keep being told, is out of fashion because nobody addresses the really tough questions that matter.’
      • ‘Cultural figures go out of fashion for all sorts of sometimes quite arbitrary reasons.’
      • ‘The clothes in this store were exactly like her, bizarre and so out of fashion that they were cool.’
      • ‘More recently, though, stage directions have fallen out of fashion.’
      • ‘In their place, remodelers often had to use whatever happened to be in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is a permanent fixture in popular culture, and he is particularly 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.’
      • ‘Purely by chance, she chose a colour that would never go out of fashion.’
      • ‘I tune in for the fashion firsts, the fashion faux pas, and to see what's in 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/