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fashion +‎ -able


  • IPA(key): /ˈfæʃənəbl̩/
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fashionable (comparative more fashionable, superlative most fashionable)

  1. Characteristic of or influenced by a current popular trend or style.
    a fashionable dress; a fashionable man
  2. Established or favoured by custom or use; current; prevailing at a particular time.
    the fashionable philosophy; fashionable opinions
  3. (archaic) genteel; well-bred
    fashionable society
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act III, sc 3:
      Time is like a fashionable host / That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand.


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fashionable (plural fashionables)

  1. A fashionable person; a fop
    • 1860, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Vol. VI.,October, 1860.--No. XXXVI.[1]:
      We speculated upon the astonishment that would have seized upon their simple, innocent hearts, had they beheld, instead of us, a bevy of our city fashionables in full bloom.
    • 1891, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), “At the Shrine of St. Wagner”, in What Is Man? and Other Essays[2]:
      In large measure the Metropolitan is a show-case for rich fashionables who are not trained in Wagnerian music and have no reverence for it, but who like to promote art and show their clothes.
    • 1991 September 20, George Grass, “Star Show”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      A few, perhaps, have a further purpose; they desire to assist in that circus, to show themselves in the capacity of fashionables, to enchant the yokelry with their splendor.