Definition of fashion in English:



  • 1A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.

    ‘his hair is cut in the latest fashion’
    • ‘Using color forecasting services and other research, each year colors are updated to reflect the latest fashion trends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Western-style clothing fashions swept the country in one generation.’
    • ‘Fads and fashions in body style will come and go at the margin.’
    • ‘There will also be some men's fashions featured.’
    • ‘Some late twentieth-century trends in interpretation perhaps reflect the fashions of their day.’
    • ‘New styles and fashions are created and popularised by it.’
    • ‘Calling all trendsetters - here's the latest in summer fashion accessories and clothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I love Japanese street fashion for its amazing ability to throw all conventions out the window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every other fashion programme concentrates on latest fashions and doing hair and make-overs.’
    • ‘And many of those designs are seeing a return to popularity, along with some of the clothing fashions of the day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A special Women's Page appeared in the 1930s where the latest fashion trends in Paris could be found.’
    vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, mode, fad, fancy, passing fancy
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    1. 1.1The production and marketing of new styles of goods, especially clothing and cosmetics.
      [as modifier] ‘a fashion magazine’
      • ‘The result is a huge mixture of fashion creativity which varies enormously in quality.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, covering a war for a women's fashion magazine is surely as surreal as it gets, he acknowledges.’
      • ‘We hope that this has been a lesson in smart reading of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘Her profile recalls Greek classical sculpture as well as fashion mannequins of the period.’
      • ‘The end result will be like something you have seen in way-out fashion magazines.’
      • ‘My daughter is a published poet and artist and is studying fashion technology.’
      • ‘Fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, have dedicated collections to her.’
      • ‘A whole range of people got together, including people from the fashion industry.’
      • ‘Like other artists, fashion designers are somewhat sensitive and can be competitive.’
      • ‘More importantly, he considers himself the world's best fashion photographer.’
      • ‘Artists and fashion designers are taking over somewhat from the literary types, however.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fashion designers are asking for similar protection for clothing designs for three years.’
      • ‘However, there are fashion magazines and features put together by professionals, so why step on their toes?’
      • ‘The winner of the crown can now be seen frequently on TV and the covers of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘The fair this year has invited more than 180 fashion producers from home and overseas.’
      • ‘She's glad to be working, especially since there's a glut of fashion photographers out there.’
      • ‘A fashion magazine editor is going to remember them by types of clothing and jewelry worn.’
      • ‘At least four national high street fashion retailers have already expressed an interest in opening in the town alongside Debenhams.’
      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’
    • ‘There is no danger that the war will be reported in anything approaching an objective fashion.’
    • ‘To prevent people from seeing videos in a timely fashion is the summit of her achievements so far.’
    • ‘The right to a fair trial in a timely fashion is one of the cornerstones of our society.’
    • ‘Largely out of my experience with the Science Council I wanted it to be done in a systematic fashion.’
    • ‘He would walk up to the middle in a carefree manner, and set about his act in a masterly fashion.’
    • ‘The 18-hole play-off followed a similar fashion to that of the last round.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurship, meanwhile, is considered only as an afterthought and in piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘But in the last week he has put those wrongs right in spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘These students understand why a system is designed in a particular fashion and how it works.’
    • ‘Unlike machines, these living systems respond to changes in a non-linear fashion.’
    • ‘Over the years I've collected these anthologies in a rather piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘Most of you send me fine links and do it in a fashion that tells me you have manners.’
    • ‘In my usual haphazard fashion, none of them were labeled.’
    • ‘I think that danger may lurk in the background, but it is likely to arise in an indirect fashion, rather than directly.’
    • ‘Ensuring efficient completion of the surgical schedule in a timely fashion is impossible without appropriate instrumentation.’
    • ‘Please exit in an orderly fashion and make your way to the shuttle bay.’
    • ‘The chairman would like to thank all who attended and behaved in a mannerly fashion.’
    • ‘And so I think, overall, it is progressing in an orderly fashion.’
    • ‘As a consequence the Claimants' answers have been provided in a piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘Instead he reforms himself in a public and determined fashion in order to make himself worthy of her.’
    manner, way, style, method, mode
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  • 1 Make into a particular or the required form.

    ‘the bottles were fashioned from green glass’
    • ‘Perhaps it was fashioned of wood or a metal that had been through an alchemical process all its own.’
    • ‘Live water plants should be preferred over artificial ones fashioned out of plastic.’
    • ‘It is said that you can recognise the deft hands that fashioned a doll by looking for telltale signs and shapes on it.’
    • ‘He says that fashioning the crown is the most difficult part of the job.’
    • ‘He is sitting, fashioning a silent whistle out of wood, he blows it and the dog comes running back.’
    • ‘He was proud of their collection, and also of those American artists and artisans who had fashioned the objects.’
    • ‘The opportunity to observe artisans fashioning crystal is not the only reason to visit the Corning Museum of 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.’
    • ‘Home-made labels were sometimes fashioned from wood or slate and would likewise have written information.’
    • ‘In the beginning, he, like most puppeteers, was driven by craft, fashioning puppets to express his artistic impulse.’
    • ‘The couple spent weekends fashioning their tower house.’
    • ‘But not everyone found the pivotal moment so memorable while Martin was fashioning this cabinet.’
    • ‘He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On Saturday however, a welcome victory was fashioned purely from raw talent and endeavour.’
    • ‘This was partly, he believed, because he had not courted the public or succeeded in fashioning a charismatic image.’
    • ‘The effect was like a writhing smiley face fashioned out of live leeches.’
    • ‘He cleverly fashions a raft and paddles out to the coral reef for some spear fishing.’
    • ‘Journalists seized on the idea that impossible restrictions were to be placed on hand-made toys fashioned by craftsmen for centuries.’
    construct, build, manufacture, make, create, fabricate, contrive
    cast, frame, shape, form, mould, sculpt
    forge, hew, carve, whittle, hammer, chisel
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    1. 1.1Use materials to make into.
      ‘the skins were fashioned into boots and shoes’
      • ‘What a sight he made when he fashioned his coat-tails into a kind of pouch and hopped about the room imitating a kangaroo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although Joan does things that some might consider repugnant, Linney fashions her alter-ego into a sympathetic human being.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am fashioning this material into a visually poetic tribute to his genius.’
      • ‘A few minutes later, they had fashioned the antenna into a makeshift letter U and put it over the cable.’
      • ‘It's not hard to picture him sitting on the porch at his Portland home fashioning these reflections into songs.’
      • ‘Even old railway sleepers have been fashioned into new building material.’
      • ‘Though the basic ideas appear to work in three dimensions, engineers will face some challenges fashioning real compounds into such devices, he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The finding raises hopes that the new cells can be fashioned into transplantable material for patients whose own cells and tissues have become faulty.’
      • ‘Feeling melancholy, he fashioned the cut reeds into the musical instrument that bears his name - the pan-pipe.’
      • ‘Thermoelectric materials can be fashioned into devices to create electricity from temperature differences or into solid-state cooling devices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It fashions these elements into a performance that allows something new to appear, the design of which was not necessarily inevitable.’
      • ‘He is fashioning a unique gel into contact lenses that change color depending on the glucose levels of the patients.’
      • ‘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.’


  • after a fashion

    • To a certain extent but imperfectly or unsatisfactorily.

      ‘he could read after a fashion’
      • ‘He had become a traitor to his class - 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.’
      • ‘It is sly, clever after a fashion, and undeniably effective.’
      • ‘Quite a few people come looking for cartoon ducks, and they find them, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Strangers think they know you - and they do, after a fashion.’
      • ‘It's a question he's pondered too, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Having picked up new skills, after a fashion, I'm keen to employ them on a proper mountain tour.’
      • ‘Some of these people I call friends and indeed we still are friends 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 and pampered girls’
      • ‘It has been built in the fashion of an authentic Irish pub and is very popular among Clevelanders of all ethnic backgrounds.’
      • ‘Modernism in the fashion of James Joyce or Virginia Woolf meant little or nothing to him.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 attractive at the time in question.

      • ‘Purely by chance, she chose a colour that would never go out of fashion.’
      • ‘They can be worn for weeks until they go out of fashion, after which they can be unceremoniously discarded.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is a permanent fixture in popular culture, and he is particularly in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘Baroque art, which fell out of fashion in the mid-1700s, was a particularly popular target.’
      • ‘Cultural figures go out of fashion for all sorts of sometimes quite arbitrary reasons.’
      • ‘More recently, though, stage directions have fallen out of fashion.’
      • ‘I tune in for the fashion firsts, the fashion faux pas, and to see what's in fashion.’
      • ‘The clothes in this store were exactly like her, bizarre and so out of fashion that they were cool.’
      • ‘In their place, remodelers often had to use whatever happened to be in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘Politics, we keep being told, is out of fashion because nobody addresses the really tough questions that matter.’
      fashionable, in vogue, up to date, up to the minute, all the rage, bang up to date
      smart, chic, elegant
      de rigueur, à la mode
      trendy, with it, cool, in, the in thing, hot, big, hip, happening, now, sharp, groovy, mod, swinging
      unfashionable, out of style, no longer fashionable, old-fashioned, out of date, outdated, dated, outmoded, behind the times, last year's, superseded
      unstylish, unpopular
      passé, démodé
      kicking, tony, fly
      all the go
      old hat, out, square, out of the ark, old school
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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.