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English noun: style

1. style (attribute) how something is done or how it happens

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsfashion, manner, mode, way

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)artistic style, drape, fit, form, idiom, life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi, response, setup, signature, touch, wise

2. style (communication) 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

SamplesAll the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper.

Synonymsexpressive style

Broader (hypernym)communication

Narrower (hyponym)allegory, analysis, bathos, black humor, black humour, coarseness, delivery, device, eloquence, euphuism, expression, flatness, fluency, formulation, genre, genre, grandiloquence, grandiosity, headlinese, jargon, journalese, legalese, literary genre, magniloquence, manner of speaking, music genre, musical genre, musical style, officialese, ornateness, pathos, poetry, prose, rhetoric, rhetoric, saltiness, self-expression, sesquipedality, smoothness, speech, terseness, turn of expression, turn of phrase, vein, verboseness, verbosity, writing style

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production, language, linguistic communication, music

3. style (cognition) a particular kind (as to appearance)

SamplesThis style of shoe is in demand.

Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety

4. style (cognition) the popular taste at a given time

SamplesLeather is the latest vogue.
He followed current trends.
The 1920s had a style of their own.

Synonymstrend, vogue

Broader (hypernym)appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste

Narrower (hyponym)bandwagon, fashion, New Look

5. style (plant) (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma

Broader (hypernym)reproductive structure

Narrower (hyponym)corn silk, cornsilk, stylopodium

Part holonymstigma

Part meronympistil

Domain categorybotany, phytology

6. style (communication) editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display

Broader (hypernym)direction, instruction

7. style (attribute) distinctive and stylish elegance

SamplesHe wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer.

Synonymsdash, elan, flair, panache

Broader (hypernym)elegance

8. style (artifact) a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving

SamplesHe drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus.


Broader (hypernym)tool

9. style (animal) a slender bristlelike or tubular process

SamplesA cartilaginous style.

Broader (hypernym)appendage, outgrowth, process

Narrower (hyponym)stylet

English verb: style

1. style (communication) designate by an identifying term

SamplesThey styled their nation `The Confederate States'.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)call, name

2. style (creation) make consistent with a certain fashion or style

SamplesStyle my hair.
Style the dress.

ExamplesThey style their hair

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)pompadour

Domain categoryfashion

3. style (communication) make consistent with certain rules of style

SamplesStyle a manuscript.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)write

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