from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior: out of fashion.
  • n. Something, such as a garment, that is in the current mode: a swimsuit that is the latest fashion.
  • n. The style characteristic of the social elite: a man of fashion.
  • n. Manner or mode; way: Set the table in this fashion.
  • n. A personal, often idiosyncratic manner: played the violin in his own curious fashion.
  • n. Kind or variety; sort: people of all fashions.
  • n. Shape or form; configuration.
  • transitive v. To give shape or form to; make: fashioned a table from a redwood burl.
  • transitive v. To train or influence into a particular state or character.
  • transitive v. To adapt, as to a purpose or an occasion; accommodate.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To contrive.
  • idiom after In some way or other, especially to a limited extent: She sings after a fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A current (constantly changing) trend, favored for frivolous rather than practical, logical, or intellectual reasons.
  • n. A style, or manner, in which to do something.
  • n. Popular trends.
  • v. To make, build or construct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The make or form of anything; the style, shape, appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; ; workmanship; execution.
  • n. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior, etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual among persons of good breeding.
  • n. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position; good breeding.
  • n. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort; way.
  • transitive v. To form; to give shape or figure to; to mold.
  • transitive v. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate; -- with to.
  • transitive v. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.
  • transitive v. To forge or counterfeit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form; give shape or figure to; mold: as, to fashion toys.
  • To fit; adapt; accommodate.
  • To frame; invent; contrive.
  • n. The make or form of anything; the state of anything with regard to its external appearance or constitution; shape: as, the fashion of the ark, or of the tabernacle.
  • n. Customary make or style in dress, ornament, furnishings, or anything subject to variations of taste or established usage; specifically, that mode or style of dress and personal adornment prevalent at any time in polished or genteel society: as, the latest fashions; what so changeable as fashion?
  • n. Manner; way; mode.
  • n. [In this sense used with a specific adjective or noun to form a phrase or a compound noun in adverbial construction: as, to ride man-fashion; to speak American fashion.]
  • n. Custom; prevailing practice.
  • n. Conformity to the ways of fashionable society; good breeding; gentility; good style.
  • n. Lady T. Lud, Sir Peter! would you have me be out of the fashion?
  • n. Fashionable people collectively: as, the beauty and fashion of the town were present.
  • n. Manner, Practice, etc. See custom.
  • n. Conventionality, style.
  • n. Same as farcy: usually in the plural.

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

  • v. make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
  • n. how something is done or how it happens
  • n. the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
  • n. consumer goods (especially clothing) in the current mode
  • n. characteristic or habitual practice


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English facioun, from Old French façon, appearance, manner, from Latin factiō, factiōn-, a making, from factus, past participle of facere, to make, do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English facioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French féchoun (compare Jèrriais faichon), variant of Old French faceon, fazon, façon ("fashion, form, make, outward appearance"), from Latin factiō ("a making"), from faciō ("do, make"); see fact. Compare faction, a doublet of fashion.


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