Definition of vogue in US English:


nounPlural vogues

  • 1usually in singular The prevailing fashion or style at a particular time.

    ‘the vogue is to make realistic films’
    • ‘Apparently there was a vogue for mandolins when she was a young girl, and she had one.’
    • ‘After his sojourn at Versailles, he brought with him a vogue for French and Continental cuisine.’
    • ‘His brilliant, fluid landscape sketches in oils and watercolour were inspirational and he helped create a vogue for ‘troubadour’ subjects.’
    • ‘The 18th century experienced a vogue for ‘sympathy’ or fellow-feeling, explored by Scottish Enlightenment thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith.’
    • ‘It initiated a vogue for revenge theatre that lasted for decades, and it shares many elements with the greatest of all revenge tragedies, Hamlet.’
    • ‘By the 1980s people were sick of chemicalised foods, and a vogue for real bread, real beer and organic products grew up.’
    • ‘The Hyacinth enjoyed a vogue in the 18th and early 19th centuries, grown not only indoors and out but used as ornaments for women's fashions and even as a pharmaceutical.’
    • ‘Colleagues in the fields of literature and film will likewise draw our attention to the vogue for sequels and prequels based on works written by others long after the involvement of the original author.’
    • ‘The current vogue for silent film screenings accompanied by live music is truly international.’
    • ‘But despite the thrills of modern technology, today the vogue for antique timepieces is big business, with collectors spending serious money on complex, hand-crafted gems.’
    • ‘The sensational painter of Biblical disasters, John Martin, was one of many who enjoyed a wide vogue in reproduction.’
    • ‘The religious architecture of the twenties might have been dubbed the era of ‘more is more,’ long before ‘less is more’ became the vogue.’
    • ‘There is something of a vogue at the moment for producing regional and global environmental histories.’
    • ‘The popularity of the stage ballet intensified a vogue for social dancing and for the staging of private divertissements in the homes of the nobility and the bourgeoisie.’
    • ‘There was a vogue for animal painting in Munich at this time, but Marc's approach was radically different to that of any of his contemporaries.’
    • ‘There was a brief vogue for black brick in the 60s, and all the buildings looked just like this.’
    • ‘This created a vogue for such biographies in which the fictional element became progressively greater until the world saw the emergence of a new genre - the novel.’
    • ‘In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a vogue for the building of follies on the estates of landowners.’
    • ‘Collectors and antiquarians were largely responsible for the vogue for collecting antiquities that took root in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘During the 1890s there was a vogue for things Spanish that encompassed everything from music and dancing to flamenco dresses.’
    fashion, mode, style, trend, taste, fad, fancy, passing fancy, craze, rage, enthusiasm, passion, infatuation, obsession, mania, fascination
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    1. 1.1 General acceptance or favor; popularity.
      ‘the 1920s and 30s, when art deco was much in vogue’
      • ‘City living is back in vogue.’
      • ‘In fact, a lot of American things are still in vogue.’
      • ‘A clerk announces that Candide will not be given a proper burial if he doesn't accept the religious practices in vogue at the time.’
      • ‘This system, in vogue during the colonial era, enabled the colonial powers to carve out their own commercial spheres of influence in the countries within their imperial domain.’
      • ‘It was established by a Japanese gardener at the time the house was built - when such gardens were in vogue - but over the years has become more anglicised, added to and replanted by Lady Sandberg.’
      • ‘Sharp tailored suits are very much in vogue at the moment.’
      • ‘Incentives were in vogue even in the early 1950s.’
      • ‘Trips to India seem to be in vogue with people I know.’
      • ‘Dance films were in vogue in the 1980s.’
      • ‘Bellbottoms, beads and long hair will be back in vogue for a night of hippie nostalgia in the Ridgepool Hotel on Saturday night week next, October 30th.’
      • ‘Nowadays, with e-commerce in vogue, flowers, cards and all sorts of gifts can be purchased and dispatched through a wireless network to the other part of the world.’
      • ‘The military coup may be a thing of the past, but the popular coup is in vogue.’
      • ‘Indian art definitely seems to be in vogue.’
      • ‘Of course, we also got lucky because what we do is in vogue at the moment.’
      • ‘Trends in gardening come and go, but individuality and aesthetics will always be in vogue.’
      • ‘In the late '80s, the miniskirt became very stylish, and nowadays, clothes that expose the shoulders, the back and sometimes the belly are in vogue.’
      • ‘Preservation of old growth forest wasn't in vogue at the time, according to Graham.’
      • ‘However, he said, as part of the Government's commitment to urban generation, parks were in vogue again.’
      • ‘Commercial property is also back in vogue with UK fund managers.’
      • ‘The cocktail was back in vogue, Broadway was booming, and new restaurants and nightclubs were opening every week.’
      fashionable, in fashion, voguish, stylish, in style, modish, up to date, up to the minute, modern, ultra-modern, current, prevalent, popular, in favour, in demand, desired, sought-after, all the rage, trendsetting, chic, smart
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  • attributive Popular; fashionable.

    ‘“citizenship” was to be the government's vogue word’
    • ‘To be honest, when I first got involved with the show, it wasn't really vogue or cool to be an analyst on TV.’
    • ‘Florida is responsible for the vogue notion that the growth and prosperity of modern cities are fuelled by the ‘creative class’, and the extent to which a city caters for their tastes and interests.’
    • ‘In each case any similar activity was subtly redefined to reinforce the apparent rise of the vogue phenomenon.’
    • ‘Trash cinema has become the vogue topic for film scholars.’
    • ‘The latest fashion is to team cardamom up with chocolate, so it's a vogue ingredient for France's top chocolatiers.’
    • ‘As for the situation in the 1940s, according to the vogue standards of the day, a gentleman should equip himself with a soft felt hat, a business suit, a shirt, and a pair of shoes.’
    • ‘The vogue notion at that time had been, of course, one of American decline, as popularized by Kennedy.’
    • ‘Masculine desperation is rapidly evolving into the vogue cinematic theme of the new millennium.’
    • ‘But what is the real impact on the home front of our obsession with fashionable and vogue trends?’
    • ‘It's by one of those in vogue bands of the moment.’
    • ‘Mostly, the ‘girl crush’ seems to be a vogue phrase for something that has been around for a long time: a fawning but nonsexual interest one woman has in another.’

verbvoguing, vogueing, vogued, vogues

[no object]
  • Dance to music in such a way as to imitate the characteristic poses struck by a model on a catwalk.

    • ‘But, yes, she is going to take pieces from the well of gay culture and move them into her own work and make a lot of money off of it, whereas the people who invented vogueing don't make a dime.’
    • ‘More than 1,000 citizens of all ages dress up in historical costumes and vogue their way through the history of the region.’
    • ‘Who better to appreciate one outrageous ride that lets you adventure all day and vogue all night, with barely a car wash in between?’
    • ‘I ‘vogued’ down the street and at parties with my friends.’
    • ‘She can rap, she can vogue, she can do bondage and ballads, but one thing she can't be is clean-cut.’


Late 16th century (in the vogue, denoting the foremost place in popular estimation): from French, from Italian voga ‘rowing, fashion’, from vogare ‘row, go well’.