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

  • n. The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed: a style of speech and writing.
  • n. The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
  • n. Sort; type: a style of furniture.
  • n. A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one's actions and tastes: does things with style.
  • n. A comfortable and elegant mode of existence: living in style.
  • n. A mode of living: the style of the very rich.
  • n. The fashion of the moment, especially of dress; vogue.
  • n. A particular fashion: the style of the 1920s. See Synonyms at fashion.
  • n. A customary manner of presenting printed material, including usage, punctuation, spelling, typography, and arrangement.
  • n. A form of address; a title.
  • n. An implement used for etching or engraving.
  • n. A slender pointed writing instrument used by the ancients on wax tablets.
  • n. The needle of a phonograph.
  • n. The gnomon of a sundial.
  • n. Botany The usually slender part of a pistil, situated between the ovary and the stigma.
  • n. Zoology A slender, tubular, or bristlelike process: a cartilaginous style.
  • n. Medicine A surgical probing instrument; a stylet.
  • n. Obsolete A pen.
  • transitive v. To call or name; designate: George VI styled his brother Duke of Windsor.
  • transitive v. To make consistent with rules of style: style a manuscript.
  • transitive v. To give style to: style hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.
  • n. the stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.
  • n. A traditional or legal term preceding a reference to a person who holds a title or post.
  • n. A traditional or legal term used to address a person who holds a title or post.
  • n. stylus
  • v. To create or give a style, fashion or image.
  • v. To call or give a name or title.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence, anything resembling the ancient style in shape or use.
  • n. A pen; an author's pen.
  • n. A sharp-pointed tool used in engraving; a graver.
  • n. A kind of blunt-pointed surgical instrument.
  • n. A long, slender, bristlelike process, as the anal styles of insects.
  • n. The pin, or gnomon, of a dial, the shadow of which indicates the hour. See Gnomon.
  • n. The elongated part of a pistil between the ovary and the stigma. See Illust. of Stamen, and of Pistil.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Conformity to a recognized standard; manner which is deemed elegant and appropriate, especially in social demeanor; fashion.
  • n. Mode or phrase by which anything is formally designated; the title; the official designation of any important body; mode of address.
  • n. A mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
  • transitive v. To entitle; to term, name, or call; to denominate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To record with or as with a style; give literary form to; write.
  • To give or accord the style or designation of; entitle; denominate; call.
  • n. An iron instrument, in the form of a bodkin tapering to a point at one end, used, in one of the methods of writing practised in ancient and medieval times, for scratching the letters into a waxed tablet, the other end being blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet; figuratively, any writing-instrument.
  • n. Something similar in form to the instrument above described, or in some respect suggestive of it.
  • n. Mode of expression in writing or speaking; characteristic diction; a particular method of expressing thought by selection or collocation of words, distinct in some respect from other methods, as determined by nationality, period, literary form, individuality, etc.; in an absolute sense, appropriate or suitable diction; conformity to an approved literary standard: as, the style of Shakspere or of Dickens; antiquated or modern style; didactic, poetic, or forensic style; a pedantic style; a nervous style; a cynical style.
  • n. Distinctive manner of external presentation; particular mode or form (within more or less variable limits) of construction or execution in any art or employment; the specific or characteristic formation or arrangement of anything.
  • n. Particular mode of action or manifestation; physical or mental procedure; manner; way: as, styles of rowing, riding, or walking; styles of acting, singing, or bowing.
  • n. Mode, as of living or of appearing; distinctive or characteristic manner or fashion, with reference to appearance, bearing, social relations, etc.; in absolute use, an approved or prevalent mode; superior manner; noticeable elegance; the fashion: as, to live in style; style of deportment or of dress.
  • n. Hence, in general, fine appearance; dashing character; spirited appearance: as, a horse that shows style.
  • n. Mode of designation or address; a qualifying appellation or title; an epithet distinctive of rank, office, character, or quality.
  • n. In chronology, a mode of reckoning time with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars. See calendar.
  • n. See the qualifying words.
  • n. Synonyms Diction, Phraseology, etc. (See diction.) Invention, Style, Amplification, in rhetoric. See invention.
  • n. Appellation, etc. See name.
  • n. A pillar; a column. See style.
  • n. The pin or gnomon of a sun-dial, which marks the time by its shadow, or any fixed pointer serving a similar purpose. See cut under sun-dial.
  • n. In botany, a narrowed extension of the ovary, which, when present, supports the stigma.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of stile.
  • n.
  • n. In textile-printing, the manner in which certain effects are produced. Thus, there are pigment styles, discharge styles, resist styles, steam-mordant styles, etc.
  • n. An elongated cusp or projection, lying on the periphery of a tooth and derived from outgrowths of the cingulum: often termed pillar or buttress. According to location these cusps have distinctive names. See mesostyle, parastyle, etc. See also cut at tooth, 1.

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

  • v. make consistent with certain rules of style
  • n. how something is done or how it happens
  • v. designate by an identifying term
  • n. a slender bristlelike or tubular process
  • n. 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
  • n. a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
  • n. the popular taste at a given time
  • v. make consistent with a certain fashion or style
  • n. editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
  • n. a particular kind (as to appearance)
  • n. distinctive and stylish elegance
  • n. (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin stylus, stilus, spike, pointed instrument used for writing, style; see stylus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French estile (French: style), from Latin stilus.


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