style

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

style (plural styles)

  1. A manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.
    • Chesterfield
      Style is the dress of thoughts.
    • C. Middleton
      the usual style of dedications
    • I. Disraeli
      It is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work.
    • Sir J. Reynolds
      The ornamental style also possesses its own peculiar merit.
  2. flair; grace; fashionable skill
    As a dancer, he has a lot of style.
  3. (botany) The stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.
  4. A traditional or legal term preceding a reference to a person who holds a title or post.
  5. A traditional or legal term used to address a person who holds a title or post.
    the style of Majesty
    • Burke
      one style to a gracious benefactor, another to a proud, insulting foe
  6. (nonstandard) A stylus.
  7. (obsolete) A pen; an author's pen.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  8. A sharp-pointed tool used in engraving; a graver.
  9. A kind of blunt-pointed surgical instrument.
  10. A long, slender, bristle-like process.
    the anal styles of insects
  11. The pin, or gnomon, of a sundial, the shadow of which indicates the hour.
  12. (computing) A visual or other modification to text or other elements of a document, such as bold or italic.
    applying styles to text in a wordprocessor
    Cascading Style Sheets

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style (third-person singular simple present styles, present participle styling, simple past and past participle styled)

  1. To create or give a style, fashion or image.
  2. To call or give a name or title.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 10
      Marianne’s preserver, as Margaret, with more elegance than precision, stiled [sic] Willoughby, called at the cottage early the next morning to make his personal inquiries.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from the Latin stilus.

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Noun[edit]

style m (plural styles)

  1. style (clarification of this French definition is being sought)

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