from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conforming to the current styles or trends; stylish.
  • adjective Adopting or setting current styles or trends.
  • adjective Associated with or frequented by stylish or trend-setting people.
  • noun A stylish person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of being shaped or fashioned.
  • Conforming to established fashion, custom, or prevailing practice: as, a fashionable dress or hat; fashionable opinions.
  • Observant of the fashion or customary mode; dressing or behaving according to the prevailing fashion; genteel; polished: as, a fashionable man; fashionable society.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of people of fashion: as, fashionable waste.
  • Patronized, resorted to, or occupied by people of fashion: as, a fashionable tailor or hatter; a fashionable watering-place or neighborhood.
  • noun A person of fashion: chiefly used in the plural: as, this establishment is patronized by the fashionables.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who conforms to the fashions; -- used chiefly in the plural.
  • adjective Conforming to the fashion or established mode; according with the prevailing form or style.
  • adjective Established or favored by custom or use; current; prevailing at a particular time.
  • adjective Observant of the fashion or customary mode; dressing or behaving according to the prevailing fashion.
  • adjective Genteel; well-bred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characteristic of or influenced by a current popular trend or style.
  • adjective Relating to fashion.
  • noun A fashionable person; a fop

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress
  • adjective patronized by
  • adjective being or in accordance with current social fashions


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  • stylish

    July 24, 2007

  • The dog, Bonne Bouche—she had been christened before Mrs. Hazelton bought her—wore on her head, in the manner of the fashionables among her tribe, a bow of satin ribbon holding back her silvery bangs.

    —Dorothy Parker, 'The Bolt behind the Blue'

    I've never seen this word used as a noun before.

    November 12, 2008