What does style mean?

Definitions for style

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word style.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manner, mode, style, way, fashionnoun

    how something is done or how it happens

    "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"

  2. expressive style, stylenoun

    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

    "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

  3. stylenoun

    a particular kind (as to appearance)

    "this style of shoe is in demand"

  4. vogue, trend, stylenoun

    the popular taste at a given time

    "leather is the latest vogue"; "he followed current trends"; "the 1920s had a style of their own"

  5. stylenoun

    (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma

  6. stylenoun

    editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display

  7. dash, elan, flair, panache, stylenoun

    distinctive and stylish elegance

    "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"

  8. stylus, stylenoun

    a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving

    "he drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus"

  9. styleverb

    a slender bristlelike or tubular process

    "a cartilaginous style"

  10. style, titleverb

    designate by an identifying term

    "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'"

  11. styleverb

    make consistent with a certain fashion or style

    "Style my hair"; "style the dress"

  12. styleverb

    make consistent with certain rules of style

    "style a manuscript"


  1. stylenoun

    A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.

  2. stylenoun

    the stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.

  3. stylenoun

    A traditional or legal term preceding a reference to a person who holds a title or post.

  4. stylenoun

    A traditional or legal term used to address a person who holds a title or post.

  5. stylenoun


  6. styleverb

    To create or give a style, fashion or image.

  7. styleverb

    To call or give a name or title.

  8. Etymology: From estile (French: style), from stilus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stylenoun

    Etymology: stylus, Latin.

    That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
    Into so quiet, and so sweet a style. William Shakespeare.

    Their beauty I will rather leave to poets, than venture upon so tender and nice a subject with my severer style. More.

    Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a stile. Jonathan Swift.

    Let some lord but own the happy lines,
    How the wit brightens, and the style refines. Alexander Pope.

    No style is held for base, where love well named is. Philip Sidney.

    There was never yet philosopher,
    That could endure the toothach patiently,
    However they have writ the style of gods,
    And make a pish at chance and sufferance. William Shakespeare.

    Ford’s a knave, and I will aggravate his stile; thou shalt know him for knave and cuckold. William Shakespeare.

    The king gave them in his commission the style and appellation which belonged to them. Edward Hyde.

    O virgin! or what other name you bear
    Above that style; O more than mortal fair!
    Let not an humble suppliant sue in vain. John Dryden, Æn.

    Propitious hear our pray’r,
    Whether the style of Titan please thee more,
    Whose purple rays th’ Achæmenes adore. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    While his thoughts the ling’ring day beguile,
    To gentle Arcite let us turn our style. Dryden.

    Placing two stiles or needles of the same steel, touched with the same loadstone, when the one is removed but half a span, the other would stand like Hercules’s pillars. Brown.

    Style is the middle prominent part of the flower of a plant, which adheres to the fruit or seed: ’tis usually slender and long, whence it has its name. John Quincy.

    The figure of the flower-leaves, stamina, apices, stile, and seed-vessel. John Ray.

  2. To Styleverb

    To call; to term; to name.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The chancellor of the Exchequer they had no mind should be styled a knight. Edward Hyde.

    Err not that so shall end
    The strife which thou call’st evil, but we style
    The strife of glory. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Fortune’s gifts, my actions
    May stile their own rewards. John Denham, Sophy.

    Whoever backs his tenets with authorities, thinks he ought to carry the cause, and is ready to stile it impudence in any one who shall stand out. John Locke.

    His conduct might have made him stil’d
    A father, and the nymph his child. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Styleverb

    an instrument used by the ancients in writing on tablets covered with wax, having one of its ends sharp, and the other blunt, and somewhat expanded, for the purpose of making erasures by smoothing the wax

  2. Styleverb

    hence, anything resembling the ancient style in shape or use

  3. Styleverb

    a pen; an author's pen

  4. Styleverb

    a sharp-pointed tool used in engraving; a graver

  5. Styleverb

    a kind of blunt-pointed surgical instrument

  6. Styleverb

    a long, slender, bristlelike process, as the anal styles of insects

  7. Styleverb

    the pin, or gnomon, of a dial, the shadow of which indicates the hour. See Gnomon

  8. Styleverb

    the elongated part of a pistil between the ovary and the stigma. See Illust. of Stamen, and of Pistil

  9. Styleverb

    mode of expressing thought in language, whether oral or written; especially, such use of language in the expression of thought as exhibits the spirit and faculty of an artist; choice or arrangement of words in discourse; rhetorical expression

  10. Styleverb

    mode of presentation, especially in music or any of the fine arts; a characteristic of peculiar mode of developing in idea or accomplishing a result

  11. Styleverb

    conformity to a recognized standard; manner which is deemed elegant and appropriate, especially in social demeanor; fashion

  12. Styleverb

    mode or phrase by which anything is formally designated; the title; the official designation of any important body; mode of address; as, the style of Majesty

  13. Styleverb

    a mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars

  14. Styleverb

    to entitle; to term, name, or call; to denominate


  1. Style

    A style of office, or honorific, is a legal, official, or recognized title. A style, by tradition or law, precedes a reference to a person who holds a post or political office, and is sometimes used to refer to the office itself. An honorific can also be awarded to an individual in a personal capacity. Such styles are particularly associated with monarchies, where they may be used by a wife of an office holder or of a prince of the blood, for the duration of their marriage. They are also almost universally used for presidents in republics and in many countries for members of legislative bodies, higher-ranking judges and senior constitutional office holders. Leading religious figures also have styles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Style

    stīl, n. anything long and pointed, esp. a pointed tool for engraving or writing: manner of writing, mode of expressing thought in language: the distinctive manner peculiar to an author: characteristic or peculiar mode of expression and execution (in the fine arts): title: mode of address: practice, esp. in a law-court: manner: form: fashion: mode of reckoning time—Old Style, when the system follows the Julian calendar, as still in Russia, and in England before 2d September 1752; New Style, when the system follows the Gregorian calendar (eleven days were omitted, thus the 3d September became the 14th): the pin of a dial: (bot.) the middle portion of the pistil, between the ovary and the stigma (see Pistil).—v.t. to entitle in addressing or speaking of: to name or designate.—adjs. Sty′lar, pertaining to the pin of a dial; Sty′late, like a style, styliform.—n. Sty′let, a stiletto: the perforator of a trocar, a probe: a little style.—adjs. Sty′letiform, shaped like a stylet; Stylif′erous, having a style, stylate; Sty′liform, style-shaped; Sty′lish, displaying style: fashionable: showy: pretending to style.—adv. Sty′lishly.—ns. Sty′lishness; Sty′list, one with a distinctive and fine literary style.—adj. Stylist′ic.—adv. Stylist′ically.—adj. Sty′loid, resembling a style or pen.—n. Sty′lus, a style, pen. [Fr.,—L. stilus.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. style

    1. The brogue of the mind. 2. A certain manner or deportment which emanates from those who have neither manner nor deportment. 3. A peculiar and individual manner of doing the unnecessary.

Editors Contribution

  1. style

    A way of creating.

    She was a young woman and we did love her style.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  


  1. Style

    in Aphids, the slender tubular process at the end of the abdomen: in Coccids, a long spine-like appendage at the end of the abdomen of the male; = genital spike: in Diptera, the ovipositor (Loew); the single immovable organ immediately below the forceps in male Tipulidae (O-S.) a thickened jointed arista at or near the tip of the third antennal joint in the plural form applied to small, usually pointed, exarticulate appendages, most frequently found on the terminal segments of abdomen.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'style' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #908

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'style' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1866

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'style' in Nouns Frequency: #345

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of style in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of style in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of style in a Sentence

  1. Richard Isaacson:

    While exercise and staying mentally engaged shined through in this study, a comprehensive approach toward reducing Alzheimer's risk factors is the best recipe for success, any prevention plan should also include regular follow-up with a primary care physician, management of vascular risk factors like blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, avoiding smoking, minimizing alcohol use, prioritizing sleep, managing stress, and following a Mediterranean-style diet, among many other suggestions.

  2. Lorne Baring:

    We started investing in factor-based funds two years ago and now about one-fifth of our total ETF allocation goes to these funds, it is very useful to tilt a portfolio towards the style an investor would like such as growth and value.

  3. Carrie Severino:

    At the end of the day the most important thing is how that person approaches the law, not what their personal style is, the Democrat short listers are ones who are going to be uniform in the way they are going to vote on the court.

  4. Scott Pinsker:

    Kudos to the Hallmark Channel for identifying a niche in the marketplace that was underserviced and underutilized. It takes courage to zig when everyone zags, but now that Hallmark has proven there’s a sizable audience for this kind of wholesome content, other networks will certainly jump on the bandwagon, if Hallmark-style programming draws big ratings, TV execs will definitely try to monetize the trend.

  5. Richard Achiro:

    Even if they look good on the outside, do they have excessive diarrhea ? Are their livers and kidneys starting to give out from having to detox toxins ? Are they adhering to this regimented style of eating in such a way to compromise their relationships and work life ?

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. cleave
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