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

  • adjective Being in or conforming to the prevailing or current fashion; stylish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • According to the mode or customary manner or style; fashionable; stylish: often used with a suggestion of contempt.

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

  • adjective According to the mode, or customary manner; conformed to the fashion; fashionable; hence, conventional

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  • adjective conforming with fashion or style
  • adjective in the current mode

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  • adjective in the current fashion or style


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  • He was young and handsome, and although he wore the simple garb of the Quakers he had not yet perhaps quite forgotten the "modish" ways of his younger days, for about his waist he had knotted a pale blue scarf.

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  • Gradually, though, I realized, that Luz, the school's elegant, middle-aged director, and modish, twenty-five-year-old Luis could talk on or join us for comida (the big afternoon meal) because they weren't rushing off somewhere.

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  • Meatballs may be modish, but I think they're best done simply: beef and pork, peppery parsley, sweet onion and the aromatic anise of fennel seeds, lightened with breadcrumbs and quick fried to give a deep brown, caramelised crust.

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  • This year's shortlist, for instance, is not sensational, modish, tendentious or obscure.

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  • If this sounds like European avant-garde theatre at its most off-puttingly modish, the effect is in fact kookily funny and coolly self-aware.

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  • A couple of painted wooden busts of early 16th-century South Netherlandish fashion plates—probably some of St. Ursula's martyred companions—conceal skull fragments under complicated hairstyles and modish clothing.

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  • However, the final verdict is expected enough: So as much as I want to grab the panelists by their modish lapels and shake them and demand to know exactly what the hell they're talking about, it is not my right to do so, for I am not there by invitation, I am not a member of their community, and I have no right to expect that their words should mean anything to me.

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