Definition of fashion in English:

fashion

noun

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

    ‘his hair is cut in the latest fashion’
    • ‘A leather wallet is a must-have fashion accessory that every man should own.’
    • ‘New styles and fashions are created and popularised by it.’
    • ‘A special Women's Page appeared in the 1930s where the latest fashion trends in Paris could be found.’
    • ‘She's at the age when kids start to become fashion conscious.’
    • ‘Every other fashion programme concentrates on latest fashions and doing hair and make-overs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll take a break from complaining to mention how much I love the fall fashions.’
    • ‘Fads and fashions in body style will come and go at the margin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Invitation designs follow fashion trends so Jo said the shop has to keep up with the latest styles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will also be some men's fashions featured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Western-style clothing fashions swept the country in one generation.’
    • ‘And many of those designs are seeing a return to popularity, along with some of the clothing fashions of the day.’
    • ‘Muslim fashion has become more popular than in the past and has become simple yet chic for both men and women.’
    • ‘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.’
    vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, mode, fad, fancy, passing fancy
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    1. 1.1 The production and marketing of new styles of goods, especially clothing and cosmetics.
      [as modifier] ‘a fashion magazine’
      • ‘The end result will be like something you have seen in way-out fashion magazines.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The result is a huge mixture of fashion creativity which varies enormously in quality.’
      • ‘We hope that this has been a lesson in smart reading of fashion magazines.’
      • ‘She's glad to be working, especially since there's a glut of fashion photographers out there.’
      • ‘It is what has become known as the disposable young fashion market.’
      • ‘At least four national high street fashion retailers have already expressed an interest in opening in the town alongside Debenhams.’
      • ‘Artists and fashion designers are taking over somewhat from the literary types, however.’
      • ‘Fashion designers are asking for similar protection for clothing designs for three years.’
      • ‘My daughter is a published poet and artist and is studying fashion technology.’
      • ‘The fair this year has invited more than 180 fashion producers from home and overseas.’
      • ‘Like other artists, fashion designers are somewhat sensitive and can be competitive.’
      • ‘Fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, have dedicated collections to her.’
      • ‘A whole range of people got together, including people from the fashion industry.’
      • ‘Her profile recalls Greek classical sculpture as well as fashion mannequins of the period.’
      • ‘More importantly, he considers himself the world's best fashion photographer.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, covering a war for a women's fashion magazine is surely as surreal as it gets, he acknowledges.’
      • ‘Doing something different in the competitive world of fashion magazines is not easy.’
      • ‘A fashion magazine editor is going to remember them by types of clothing and jewelry worn.’
      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’
    • ‘Unlike machines, these living systems respond to changes in a non-linear fashion.’
    • ‘I think that danger may lurk in the background, but it is likely to arise in an indirect fashion, rather than directly.’
    • ‘But in the last week he has put those wrongs right in spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘The right to a fair trial in a timely fashion is one of the cornerstones of our society.’
    • ‘Most of you send me fine links and do it in a fashion that tells me you have manners.’
    • ‘There is no danger that the war will be reported in anything approaching an objective fashion.’
    • ‘In my usual haphazard fashion, none of them were labeled.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurship, meanwhile, is considered only as an afterthought and in piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘And so I think, overall, it is progressing in an orderly fashion.’
    • ‘The 18-hole play-off followed a similar fashion to that of the last round.’
    • ‘The chairman would like to thank all who attended and behaved in a mannerly fashion.’
    • ‘Ensuring efficient completion of the surgical schedule in a timely fashion is impossible without appropriate instrumentation.’
    • ‘Largely out of my experience with the Science Council I wanted it to be done in a systematic fashion.’
    • ‘To prevent people from seeing videos in a timely fashion is the summit of her achievements so far.’
    • ‘Instead he reforms himself in a public and determined fashion in order to make himself worthy of her.’
    • ‘As a consequence the Claimants' answers have been provided in a piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    manner, way, style, method, mode
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]often be fashioned
  • 1 Make into a particular or the required form.

    ‘the bottles were fashioned from green glass’
    • ‘He was proud of their collection, and also of those American artists and artisans who had fashioned the objects.’
    • ‘He says that fashioning the crown is the most difficult part of the job.’
    • ‘He cleverly fashions a raft and paddles out to the coral reef for some spear fishing.’
    • ‘She added that the programmes which assisted young people in fashioning their lives and earning a living were either dissolved or taken away.’
    • ‘The descendants of the Spanish refugees are still fashioning these shutters, especially in the Andalusian quarter of Bizerte.’
    • ‘The effect was like a writhing smiley face fashioned out of live leeches.’
    • ‘Live water plants should be preferred over artificial ones fashioned out of plastic.’
    • ‘In the beginning, he, like most puppeteers, was driven by craft, fashioning puppets to express his artistic impulse.’
    • ‘Journalists seized on the idea that impossible restrictions were to be placed on hand-made toys fashioned by craftsmen for centuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.’
    • ‘But not everyone found the pivotal moment so memorable while Martin was fashioning this cabinet.’
    • ‘On Saturday however, a welcome victory was fashioned purely from raw talent and endeavour.’
    • ‘He is sitting, fashioning a silent whistle out of wood, he blows it and the dog comes running back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The opportunity to observe artisans fashioning crystal is not the only reason to visit the Corning Museum of Glass.’
    • ‘This was partly, he believed, because he had not courted the public or succeeded in fashioning a charismatic image.’
    • ‘It is said that you can recognise the deft hands that fashioned a doll by looking for telltale signs and shapes on it.’
    construct, build, manufacture, make, create, fabricate, contrive
    cast, frame, shape, form, mould, sculpt
    forge, hew, carve, whittle, hammer, chisel
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    1. 1.1fashion something into Use materials to make into.
      ‘the skins were fashioned into boots and shoes’
      • ‘To show this, they fashioned the material into threads and used them to stitch four incisions on two rats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is fashioning a unique gel into contact lenses that change color depending on the glucose levels of the patients.’
      • ‘Even old railway sleepers have been fashioned into new building material.’
      • ‘He and his coworkers have already fashioned the fibers into electricity-storage devices called supercapacitors, which they incorporated into ordinary cloth.’
      • ‘Thermoelectric materials can be fashioned into devices to create electricity from temperature differences or into solid-state cooling devices.’
      • ‘The finding raises hopes that the new cells can be fashioned into transplantable material for patients whose own cells and tissues have become faulty.’
      • ‘He fashions these small thoughts into a sprawling 1,500-word polemic - a sort of liberal call-to-arms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It fashions these elements into a performance that allows something new to appear, the design of which was not necessarily inevitable.’
      • ‘What a sight he made when he fashioned his coat-tails into a kind of pouch and hopped about the room imitating a kangaroo.’
      • ‘Although Joan does things that some might consider repugnant, Linney fashions her alter-ego into a sympathetic human being.’
      • ‘It's not hard to picture him sitting on the porch at his Portland home fashioning these reflections into songs.’
      • ‘Feeling melancholy, he fashioned the cut reeds into the musical instrument that bears his name - the pan-pipe.’
      • ‘A few minutes later, they had fashioned the antenna into a makeshift letter U and put it over the cable.’
      • ‘I am fashioning this material into a visually poetic tribute to his genius.’

Phrases

  • 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.’
      • ‘Strangers think they know you - and they do, 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Quite a few people come looking for cartoon ducks, and they find them, after a fashion.’
      • ‘And I've constructed my photograph album, after a fashion.’
      • ‘Some of these people I call friends and indeed we still are friends after a fashion.’
      • ‘It's a question he's pondered too, 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
      ish
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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’
      • ‘Modernism in the fashion of James Joyce or Virginia Woolf meant little or nothing to him.’
      • ‘It has been built in the fashion of an authentic Irish pub and is very popular among Clevelanders of all ethnic backgrounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The trees on the road, always pruned in the fashion of the country, gave almost no shade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      • ‘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 two of us hit the road back to my Uncle's and in the fashion of most of our journeys, we turn to song.’
      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.

      • ‘Politics, we keep being told, is out of fashion because nobody addresses the really tough questions that matter.’
      • ‘In their place, remodelers often had to use whatever happened to be in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘Baroque art, which fell out of fashion in the mid-1700s, was a particularly popular target.’
      • ‘They can be worn for weeks until they go out of fashion, after which they can be unceremoniously discarded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clothes in this store were exactly like her, bizarre and so out of fashion that they were cool.’
      • ‘I tune in for the fashion firsts, the fashion faux pas, and to see what's in fashion.’
      • ‘More recently, though, stage directions have fallen out of fashion.’
      • ‘Purely by chance, she chose a colour that would never go out of fashion.’
      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
      old hat, out, square, out of the ark, old school
      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
      kicking, tony, fly
      all the go
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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

/ˈfaSHən/