Definition of style in US English:



  • 1A manner of doing something.

    ‘different styles of management’
    • ‘I find ‘brainstorming’ an effective way to create modifications to teaching styles and procedures.’
    • ‘The different styles also implicitly allude to the political power differentials that are associated with various regional identities.’
    • ‘The changes in teaching styles and methods the Bologna package calls for also strike at the core of faculty traditions and culture.’
    • ‘In each case, I've thoroughly enjoyed the relationship and learned a great deal about different management styles.’
    • ‘In trials of different styles of patient management, surgical procedures, or alternative therapies, full blinding is often impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, the different management styles of teachers and their implementation in the classroom are discussed.’
    • ‘The two have different management styles with one trying to override the other by verbal aggression.’
    • ‘Japanese companies were praised for their management styles and production techniques.’
    • ‘It is the journey and the path to this truth that is enumerated in different styles and manners in the various religions.’
    • ‘Teachers with very different teaching styles and approaches can be equally effective.’
    • ‘The development of primary care depends on high quality managers who are able to draw on a range of different management skills and styles.’
    • ‘So the dancers are all shapes and colors and they are all professionals, but they come from different styles, different techniques.’
    • ‘Faculty from many schools present sessions at the conference, allowing an opportunity to observe different teaching styles.’
    • ‘Their management styles too are very different.’
    • ‘The survey showed that all programmes encourage self directed learning and allow for different learning styles and practice environments.’
    • ‘Most of them find that learning and teaching styles are completely different to that in Asia.’
    • ‘Both have different management styles for their funds.’
    • ‘Radically refined social inequalities can be portrayed as reflecting different styles of practice.’
    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.
      • ‘Thank you so much for the compliments on my writing style and my characters.’
      • ‘These are some characteristics of the writing style of someone under a lot of stress or tension.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘During his lifetime, the artist went through different periods of characteristic painting styles.’
      • ‘They use their painting styles to insert their artistic goals into their pictures.’
      • ‘Here are a few of the letters, interesting to modern readers for their content and the formal style of writing.’
      • ‘The single-story building reflected the architectural style of the church and used part of an existing boundary wall.’
      • ‘The positive aspects of the German period can be seen in the charming style of older buildings in the city.’
      • ‘While the architectural style of buildings is not all that make a city, it does reflect on the lifestyle of the majority of citizens.’
      • ‘Though I'm developing my writing style, this story showed me how weak my main characters are.’
      • ‘I'm enjoying connecting with the characters again, and I love the style and the period.’
      • ‘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 felt the writing style was solid and the characters real.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This transition from home to the centre of the avant-garde is omnipresent in her painting style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has ordered Prince Harry to stop stealing Aboriginal symbols and painting styles.’
      • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
    2. 1.2 A way of using language.
      ‘he never wrote in a journalistic style’
      ‘students should pay attention to style and idiom’
      • ‘Except for the language style and certain details, one cannot believe that the novel was written in 1895.’
      • ‘More than the style of language has changed at the paper since then.’
      • ‘Ascari uses non-technical language in a narrative style that is easy to read.’
      • ‘With choice to select a melodious tune, they have captions with the style of the English language being flowery.’
      • ‘The result is minimal body language, vocal styles that are close to a monotone, and a limited range of facial expressions.’
      • ‘Reporters, individually or in groups, could use the Net to raise money directly from readers interested in specific stories or journalistic styles.’
      • ‘Latham is overly fond of a technocratic style of language, favoured by business elites.’
      • ‘The tone, the attitude, the style, the language; all have changed significantly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Japanese language includes sharply divergent styles of speech for men and women.’
      • ‘Muslims consider the Quran itself to be a miracle because of the inimitability of its style and language.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Selected writers will represent as broad a range of languages and styles as possible.’
      • ‘Mr Midgley criticised our website and the style of language used.’
      • ‘The tract was kept deliberately short in order to make it widely accessible and the style of language was uniquely devoid of philosophy.’
      • ‘Her style is journalistic more than literary or academic, the prose, simple, and her curiosity, endless.’
      • ‘Someone can hear them and even if they don't know the language they embrace the style.’
      • ‘The post-modern era taught us to respect styles as languages and codes for messages of social value.’
      • ‘This is a common style in most languages to connote preference.’
      phraseology, mode of expression, wording, language
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    3. 1.3usually with negative A way of behaving or approaching a situation that is characteristic of or favored by a particular person.
      ‘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 question as to how and why some Indigenous footballers play distinctive styles of the game has, as a result, been rarely addressed.’
    • ‘The depth of failure, therefore, produces distinctive styles of intrusion.’
    • ‘The hotel is in the heart of the CBD and offers two distinctive room styles.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of local pottery appear around 2500 BC along with Neolithic polished stone axes.’
    • ‘Todd English became a star in the culinary world with his distinctive style of layering flavors and textures.’
    • ‘Maurice is a popular artist and has contributed to numerous group shows and his distinctive style will be familiar to many.’
    • ‘There's also the use of rocks, the inclusion of informal ponds, and a less verdant appearance than other styles.’
    • ‘The channel has ordered 20 episodes of the ‘battling grillers’ whose dishes reflect their distinctive styles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of music and dance are associated with various social classes.’
    • ‘We are also partnering with home decor licensors to bring distinctively unique styles of wall decor to our retailers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both tracks conjure compelling images of the sun and warmth with their distinctive, distortion-cloaked guitar styles.’
    • ‘Several other small Ibibio masks in an angular style appear in the literature.’
    • ‘The beer has the thick white head and cloudy, unfiltered appearance associated with the style.’
    • ‘Although the earlier devices felt a bit like plastic toys, this one proclaims its style with its appearance.’
    • ‘His style is distinctive and demanding, but I had mixed feelings about the film.’
    • ‘His distinctive style, a melange of watercolor and collage, resonates on every page.’
    • ‘Stalin had to rehabilitate his predecessors to make his style appear progressive.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 A particular design of clothing.
      • ‘Accepted styles of clothing today incur far less trouble from the weather than did the long women's skirt of the Victorian period.’
      • ‘Just get a wide variety of styles and try everything on, and critique the look in the mirror.’
      • ‘As stated above, the key to looking stylish is to avoid wearing an outfit that's too matchy-matchy with colors, styles, or brands.’
      • ‘Also, keep in mind that certain clothing styles and fabrics offer better protection from the sun than do others.’
      • ‘Africans used them to create new styles of clothing appropriate to their needs and identities, which later were called traditional or ‘tribal’ dress.’
      • ‘She had no idea how to navigate through such a big shop and choose her style of clothing.’
      • ‘Men's urban and rural clothing styles vary by region.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What are your favorite styles or pieces of clothing that defy trends?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But if the clothing and performance styles resemble those from US hip hop, the music is undeniably Cuban.’
      • ‘Boxers come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns that give each pair its own personality.’
      • ‘Clothing styles and various garments may come and go, but the shoe remains.’
      • ‘Primeau said interior design trends tend to reflect the fashion styles of clothing, two years later.’
      • ‘What clothing styles, jewelry, scarves, and colors do you suggest to feel confident and look cute in?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All kinds of music, all kinds of clothing styles and linguistic impulses pass through there.’
      • ‘What follows is a sampling of tech golf shirt styles from a variety of suppliers.’
      fashion, trend, vogue, mode, latest thing
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    2. 2.2 A way of arranging the hair.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only similarities I could see, was that Morgan's hair was the same style as Basil's.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The catwalk look this season is big hair in a Fifties style, with an added air of modern sophistication and feminine glamour.’
      • ‘For people with no patience to spend lots of times tending to their hair, a short style is the best.’
      • ‘Most women prefer the traditional styles of long upswept hair for adults and long braids for girls.’
      • ‘To the amazement of all of us, Johnson had shoulder-length hair, the style popular on campuses.’
      • ‘Students were also required to have a special style of haircut, apparently so that they could be easily recognized in any civil disturbance.’
      • ‘Griffin had short black hair in a tousled style, normally, as he now had here.’
      • ‘Bouffant styles and back combing became popular.’
      • ‘Barbel finished the style by curling the hair with a flat iron and applying a light holding spray.’
      • ‘He was wearing jeans and a black shirt with his brown hair in a messy style.’
      • ‘Each hair styling product forms distinct textures and styles for various hair types.’
      • ‘Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.’
      • ‘In the end I chose a style consisting of my hair being pulled back into a half bun with strands stylishly hanging loose.’
      • ‘The style of hair and dress of the teenagers hanging around the street was much as I was fifteen years ago.’
      • ‘You get your hair cut in reasonable styles and accept the fact that the King is dead.’
      • ‘More cheering as a boy with thick black hair in the style of a bull-cut walked up to get his script.’
      hairstyle, haircut, cut, coiffure
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  • 3Elegance and sophistication.

    ‘a sophisticated nightspot with style and taste’
    • ‘This kind of fridge has become a symbol of taste, elegance, style and wealth.’
    • ‘Waterford Crystal, the epitome of style and elegance, is the world's most successful luxury crystal brand.’
    • ‘I'd like to say that I did it with style and elegance but I suspect that would be a lie.’
    • ‘You could have your visitors gasping in admiration at your elegance and style with this prize.’
    • ‘Is he dripping with charm, style and panache as well?’
    • ‘In recent years her style has become more sophisticated, elegant and streamlined.’
    • ‘If it is style, elegance and grandeur you are after then this five-bed detached property may be the home for you.’
    • ‘But records do not reveal the elegance and style with which most of his runs were made.’
    • ‘Despite our growing celebrity status we had no sophistication or sense of style.’
    • ‘The two of them have very similar tastes and sense of style so coming together was obvious.’
    • ‘But when a temple of style and urban sophistication founders on ambience, food and service, it doesn't leave much to cling to.’
    • ‘I never imagined that Sichuan dishes could be made in such an elegant and exquisite style.’
    • ‘Visiting the house, you can relive the previous tenants' elegant style of life.’
    • ‘As local real estate prices have soared, so has the region's reputation for style and taste.’
    • ‘On the outback road from Sydney to Melbourne, Tony Perrottet finds sophistication and style in the wild.’
    • ‘The name Odeon, on the other hand, retains an air of tradition, elegance and style.’
    • ‘Consumption is more than just French style and taste, it represents the positioning of the self in a larger world.’
    • ‘Today, his star is fading and so is the idea that he is an icon of style and musical sophistication.’
    • ‘His sense of style ranged from the elegant to the outrageous.’
    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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  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The flowers are purplish-pink, with five petals, and the ovary usually has three styles.’
    • ‘Five pistils were dissected from flowers and the stigmas and styles were mounted on aluminium stubs using carbon paste.’
    • ‘Stromules were also observed in epidermal cells of the style and the stigma.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last two foraging styles are more common early in the breeding season.’


  • in (grand) style

    • In an impressive, grand, or luxurious way.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They won their heat convincingly to obtain a favourable lane draw for their final which they won in style.’
      • ‘Wayne celebrated in style with a party for family and friends in the Mount Sion Centre.’
      • ‘They like to socialise in style, so I will be going to some really smart parties.’
      • ‘Club members and supporters were out in style to lend their support to this event.’
      • ‘A great man for walking, he is a familiar sight on most days as he steps it out in style around the town.’
      • ‘The festival kicks off in grand style on Monday, July 29, with the perennially popular event Mado au Casino.’
      • ‘Friends and neighbours will be out in style to give the popular singer a real big welcome.’
      • ‘The ballroom dancers were out in style while there was also a novelty set dancing display.’


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.