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See also: stylé and -style


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From Middle English style, from Medieval Latin stylus and Old French style, stile, estile; both ultimately from Latin stilus (stake; pale; pointed instrument; tool for writing), from Proto-Indo-European *stey- (to stick; compress; condense). Cognate with German Stiel (stalk; handle).



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. (transitive) To create or give a style, fashion or image to.
  2. (transitive) To call or give a name or title to.
    • 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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Borrowed from Latin stilus.



style m (plural styles)

  1. style (manner of doing something)
  2. (botany) style (of a flower)
  3. fashion, trend, style
  4. (colloquial) style (personal comportment)
  5. flair
  6. (art) style; method characteristic of an artist; artistic manner or characteristic by which an artistic movement may be defined
  7. gnomon, style (needle of a sundial)
  8. (dated, historical) stylus, style (implement for writing on tablets)
  9. complement of jargon particular to a field; style (manner of writing specific to a field or discipline)
  10. sort, type; category of things


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Borrowed from English style.


  • IPA(key): /is.ˈ, /ˈ, /iʃ.ˈ


style (invariable, comparable)

  1. (Brazil, slang) stylish
    Com este calçado você fica style!
    With this shoe you become stylish!