Definition of style in English:



  • 1A manner of doing something.

    ‘different styles of management’
    • ‘Teachers with very different teaching styles and approaches can be equally effective.’
    • ‘The two have different management styles with one trying to override the other by verbal aggression.’
    • ‘The development of primary care depends on high quality managers who are able to draw on a range of different management skills and styles.’
    • ‘In trials of different styles of patient management, surgical procedures, or alternative therapies, full blinding is often impossible.’
    • ‘It is the journey and the path to this truth that is enumerated in different styles and manners in the various religions.’
    • ‘In each case, I've thoroughly enjoyed the relationship and learned a great deal about different management styles.’
    • ‘The survey showed that all programmes encourage self directed learning and allow for different learning styles and practice environments.’
    • ‘I find ‘brainstorming’ an effective way to create modifications to teaching styles and procedures.’
    • ‘Radically refined social inequalities can be portrayed as reflecting different styles of practice.’
    • ‘The changes in teaching styles and methods the Bologna package calls for also strike at the core of faculty traditions and culture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So the dancers are all shapes and colors and they are all professionals, but they come from different styles, different techniques.’
    • ‘Most of them find that learning and teaching styles are completely different to that in Asia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both have different management styles for their funds.’
    • ‘Their management styles too are very different.’
    • ‘Japanese companies were praised for their management styles and production techniques.’
    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.
      • ‘While the architectural style of buildings is not all that make a city, it does reflect on the lifestyle of the majority of citizens.’
      • ‘The single-story building reflected the architectural style of the church and used part of an existing boundary wall.’
      • ‘Thank you so much for the compliments on my writing style and my characters.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘This transition from home to the centre of the avant-garde is omnipresent in her painting style.’
      • ‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has ordered Prince Harry to stop stealing Aboriginal symbols and painting styles.’
      • ‘The contemporary material is the most accessible, probably because of our familiarity to both the characters, and the writing style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During his lifetime, the artist went through different periods of characteristic painting styles.’
      • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
      • ‘Though I'm developing my writing style, this story showed me how weak my main characters are.’
      • ‘They use their painting styles to insert their artistic goals into their pictures.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘These are some characteristics of the writing style of someone under a lot of stress or tension.’
      • ‘The positive aspects of the German period can be seen in the charming style of older buildings in the city.’
      • ‘I'm enjoying connecting with the characters again, and I love the style and the period.’
      • ‘One topic that should be treated at greater length is the congregations' views of their worship spaces and their buildings' architectural styles.’
      • ‘Although a loose chronology is evident in the development from one style to another, earlier styles of wall painting were renewed in later periods.’
    2. 1.2 A way of using language.
      ‘he never wrote in a journalistic style’
      ‘students should pay attention to style and idiom’
      • ‘Latham is overly fond of a technocratic style of language, favoured by business elites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ascari uses non-technical language in a narrative style that is easy to read.’
      • ‘The result is minimal body language, vocal styles that are close to a monotone, and a limited range of facial expressions.’
      • ‘The tone, the attitude, the style, the language; all have changed significantly.’
      • ‘Muslims consider the Quran itself to be a miracle because of the inimitability of its style and language.’
      • ‘The tract was kept deliberately short in order to make it widely accessible and the style of language was uniquely devoid of philosophy.’
      • ‘More than the style of language has changed at the paper since then.’
      • ‘This is a common style in most languages to connote preference.’
      • ‘At only 32, he is already an influential journalist with a unique style and affection for political analysis.’
      • ‘Mr Midgley criticised our website and the style of language used.’
      • ‘Except for the language style and certain details, one cannot believe that the novel was written in 1895.’
      • ‘The post-modern era taught us to respect styles as languages and codes for messages of social value.’
      • ‘Her style is journalistic more than literary or academic, the prose, simple, and her curiosity, endless.’
      • ‘With choice to select a melodious tune, they have captions with the style of the English language being flowery.’
      • ‘The Japanese language includes sharply divergent styles of speech for men and women.’
      • ‘Reporters, individually or in groups, could use the Net to raise money directly from readers interested in specific stories or journalistic styles.’
      • ‘Someone can hear them and even if they don't know the language they embrace the style.’
      • ‘The baroque style with its florid language and stock allegories lasted longer in Ukraine than in Western Europe.’
      • ‘Selected writers will represent as broad a range of languages and styles as possible.’
      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’
    • ‘Stalin had to rehabilitate his predecessors to make his style appear progressive.’
    • ‘The channel has ordered 20 episodes of the ‘battling grillers’ whose dishes reflect their distinctive styles.’
    • ‘The beer has the thick white head and cloudy, unfiltered appearance associated with the style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The question as to how and why some Indigenous footballers play distinctive styles of the game has, as a result, been rarely addressed.’
    • ‘There's also the use of rocks, the inclusion of informal ponds, and a less verdant appearance than other styles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of music and dance are associated with various social classes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several other small Ibibio masks in an angular style appear in the literature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the earlier devices felt a bit like plastic toys, this one proclaims its style with its appearance.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of local pottery appear around 2500 BC along with Neolithic polished stone axes.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 A particular design of clothing.
      • ‘All kinds of music, all kinds of clothing styles and linguistic impulses pass through there.’
      • ‘But if the clothing and performance styles resemble those from US hip hop, the music is undeniably Cuban.’
      • ‘As stated above, the key to looking stylish is to avoid wearing an outfit that's too matchy-matchy with colors, styles, or brands.’
      • ‘Boxers come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns that give each pair its own personality.’
      • ‘Accepted styles of clothing today incur far less trouble from the weather than did the long women's skirt of the Victorian period.’
      • ‘She had no idea how to navigate through such a big shop and choose her style of clothing.’
      • ‘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 follows is a sampling of tech golf shirt styles from a variety of suppliers.’
      • ‘Like hats, or certain styles of clothing, some look good on some people, some don't.’
      • ‘Africans used them to create new styles of clothing appropriate to their needs and identities, which later were called traditional or ‘tribal’ dress.’
      • ‘What clothing styles, jewelry, scarves, and colors do you suggest to feel confident and look cute in?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just get a wide variety of styles and try everything on, and critique the look in the mirror.’
      • ‘What are your favorite styles or pieces of clothing that defy trends?’
      • ‘Men's urban and rural clothing styles vary by region.’
      • ‘Since we choose the style of clothing we wear, we in essence can direct how others perceive us based on our objectives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, keep in mind that certain clothing styles and fabrics offer better protection from the sun than do others.’
      fashion, trend, vogue, mode, latest thing
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    2. 2.2 A way of arranging the hair.
      • ‘Each hair styling product forms distinct textures and styles for various hair types.’
      • ‘More cheering as a boy with thick black hair in the style of a bull-cut walked up to get his script.’
      • ‘Griffin had short black hair in a tousled style, normally, as he now had here.’
      • ‘The only similarities I could see, was that Morgan's hair was the same style as Basil's.’
      • ‘Most women prefer the traditional styles of long upswept hair for adults and long braids for girls.’
      • ‘For people with no patience to spend lots of times tending to their hair, a short style is the best.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Barbel finished the style by curling the hair with a flat iron and applying a light holding spray.’
      • ‘The style of hair and dress of the teenagers hanging around the street was much as I was fifteen years ago.’
      • ‘Students were also required to have a special style of haircut, apparently so that they could be easily recognized in any civil disturbance.’
      • ‘To the amazement of all of us, Johnson had shoulder-length hair, the style popular on campuses.’
      • ‘In the end I chose a style consisting of my hair being pulled back into a half bun with strands stylishly hanging loose.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was wearing jeans and a black shirt with his brown hair in a messy style.’
      • ‘Bouffant styles and back combing became popular.’
      • ‘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.’
      hairstyle, haircut, cut, coiffure
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  • 3Elegance and sophistication.

    ‘a sophisticated nightspot with style and taste’
    • ‘If it is style, elegance and grandeur you are after then this five-bed detached property may be the home for you.’
    • ‘But when a temple of style and urban sophistication founders on ambience, food and service, it doesn't leave much to cling to.’
    • ‘The two of them have very similar tastes and sense of style so coming together was obvious.’
    • ‘On the outback road from Sydney to Melbourne, Tony Perrottet finds sophistication and style in the wild.’
    • ‘Despite our growing celebrity status we had no sophistication or sense of style.’
    • ‘Is he dripping with charm, style and panache as well?’
    • ‘I'd like to say that I did it with style and elegance but I suspect that would be a lie.’
    • ‘But records do not reveal the elegance and style with which most of his runs were made.’
    • ‘Waterford Crystal, the epitome of style and elegance, is the world's most successful luxury crystal brand.’
    • ‘His sense of style ranged from the elegant to the outrageous.’
    • ‘This kind of fridge has become a symbol of taste, elegance, style and wealth.’
    • ‘Today, his star is fading and so is the idea that he is an icon of style and musical sophistication.’
    • ‘As local real estate prices have soared, so has the region's reputation for style and taste.’
    • ‘In recent years her style has become more sophisticated, elegant and streamlined.’
    • ‘I never imagined that Sichuan dishes could be made in such an elegant and exquisite style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could have your visitors gasping in admiration at your elegance and style with this prize.’
    • ‘Visiting the house, you can relive the previous tenants' elegant style of life.’
    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.’
    • ‘Stromules were also observed in epidermal cells of the style and the stigma.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 5Zoology
    (in an invertebrate) a small, slender pointed appendage; a stylet.

    • ‘The last two foraging styles are more common early in the breeding season.’
    • ‘The posterior midbrain sends 9 nerve cords frontally to the outer oral styles.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1Design or make in a particular form.

    ‘the yacht is well proportioned and conservatively styled’
    • ‘It's no mistake that it looks as exotic as a Ferrari: it was styled in-house by the Nam Yang design team in Seoul who took inspiration from, among other things, the Ferrari 456.’
    • ‘At a time when most tract houses were traditionally styled in clapboard or stucco - and not designed by architects - the Eichler stood out.’
    • ‘These cuts define how your pants are styled and designed in terms of fit and how they fall.’
    • ‘The game doesn't rely on styling your car to gain kudos and cash, although you'll do better in some races if you stick to a saloon car and splash out on what's under the bonnet.’
    • ‘It's no good just styling the products other people produce.’
    • ‘Mallya also plans to have his planes styled by India's leading fashion designers.’
    • ‘The car was styled by the new design team.’
    • ‘The automaker, which designed and styled the vehicle in-house at its Gentro Stile facility, decided to meet that goal by developing two completely different cars.’
    • ‘The seats of the magistrates were all behind us and were styled in pew fashion.’
    • ‘This allows users to have text follow an irregular object and can be used for styling text or, for example, naming roads in a diagram.’
    • ‘His trainer says he will soon be ready to design the clothing and style the clients.’
    • ‘Has the nation, has Congress, has this administration yet had a belly full of Social Security reform, as the president is styling it?’
    design, fashion, tailor, make, produce
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    1. 1.1 Arrange (hair) in a particular way.
      ‘he styled her hair by twisting it up to give it body’
      • ‘To finish, he styled the hair with a brush and slightly teased the bangs.’
      • ‘He probably had a lot of hair, although it was styled conservatively, tightly curled and kept close to his scalp.’
      • ‘Once your hair is completely wet, proceed to drying and styling your hair, as you normally would.’
      • ‘She then proceeded to brush and style her hair with a little mousse to prevent it from becoming too frizzy.’
      • ‘Her blond hair was styled in two buns on both sides of her head, and her gray eyes were hidden beneath her too-long lashes.’
      • ‘She showered, dressed, dried and styled her hair, added accessories and makeup in an hour and a half before walking out into the light April rain to go to school.’
      • ‘Then, after styling her hair and putting some hair spray into it, she unlocked her door again and opened it.’
      • ‘Watch how your hair is styled, what products are used, what kind of brushes, rollers, or styling irons your hairdresser uses so that you can replicate the look yourself.’
      • ‘After I got dressed and started to style my hair, a soft tap was heard at my door.’
      • ‘At home, I always ended up trying to put on make up with just a corner of the big mirror as guidance, while Joe spent hours styling his hair.’
      • ‘I have two left hands when it comes to styling my hair.’
      • ‘Her black hair was styled in two adorable pigtails.’
      • ‘I showered, dressed and quickly styled my hair.’
      • ‘The 19-year-old wowed the judges by styling her model with a red Mohawk style in the Junior Ladies Fashionable Day Style category.’
      • ‘She styled the remaining hair into four-strand braids and then unbraided the ends to create wavy strands.’
      • ‘Her hair was styled and dressed and her make-up was carefully applied.’
      • ‘Now that I'm growing it back out to a decent length, I'm going to have to worry about styling it before coming in.’
      • ‘So whether you or a professional are styling your hair, it will be responsive to being brushed, curled, and combed.’
      • ‘She'd spent the day fixing her makeup and styling her hair.’
      • ‘All he does is spend hours and hours in front of the mirror styling his hair.’
      groom, arrange, comb, brush, do, put in order, straighten, adjust, preen, primp
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  • 2 Designate with a particular name, description, or title.

    ‘the official is styled principal and vice chancellor of the university’
    • ‘Another, styling themselves ‘Kraska’, left a link to a mysterious Russian site.’
    • ‘If his future wife is styled Duchess of Cornwall, she will be taking his name, since that is one of his existing titles.’
    • ‘Marsh and Swann team up, styling themselves as ‘the Gilbert And Sullivan of photography’, snapping their clients against imaginative tableau.’
    • ‘Hersh styles himself an investigative reporter, but he has a history of coming up with ‘scoops’ that can never be verified by anyone else.’
    • ‘The House of Commons, too, was horrified at the notion of a Scottish king styling himself ‘King of Great Britain’.’
    • ‘By the time he was 14, Rod was in a skiffle band with schoolmates from Nunthorpe Grammar, styling themselves the Green Corn Boys.’
    • ‘A group styling itself, Concerned Parents Against Drugs, claimed responsibility for the attack and said they had seized the drugs from the man they had abducted.’
    • ‘But Wirahad won points with the public by styling himself as a reformer advocating the armed forces' retreat from politics.’
    • ‘Well-known atheist, Richard Dawkins, now styles himself as A Devil's Chaplain, the title of a recent book.’
    • ‘Sleek modern bikes are aggressively styled with names to match: ‘Pulsar’, ‘Victor’, etc.’
    call, name, title, entitle, dub, designate, term, address, label, tag
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  • in (grand) style

    • In an impressive, grand, or luxurious way.

      • ‘The festival kicks off in grand style on Monday, July 29, with the perennially popular event Mado au Casino.’
      • ‘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 like to socialise in style, so I will be going to some really smart parties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Club members and supporters were out in style to lend their support to this event.’
      • ‘Friends and neighbours will be out in style to give the popular singer a real big welcome.’
      • ‘They won their heat convincingly to obtain a favourable lane draw for their final which they won in style.’
      • ‘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.