Etymology: Middle English facioun, fasoun shape, manner, from Anglo-French façun, fauschoun, from Latin faction-, factio act of making, faction, from facere to make — more at do
Date: 14th century
a. the make or form of something
b. archaic kind, sort
a. a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way <he will, after his sour fashion, tell you — Shakespeare> b. mode of action or operation <assembled in an orderly fashion> 3. a. a prevailing custom, usage, or style b. (1) the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time (2) a garment in such a style <always wears the latest fashions> c. social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct <men and women of fashion> Synonyms: fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place <the current fashion>. style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste <a media baron used to traveling in style>. mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated <slim bodies are the mode at this resort>. vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion <short skirts are back in vogue>. fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion <last year's fad is over>. rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad <Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time> <crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted>. Synonym: see in addition method. II. transitive verb (fashioned; fashioning) Date: 15th century 1. a. to give shape or form to ; mold b. alter, transform c. to mold into a particular character by influencing or training d. to make or construct usually with the use of imagination and ingenuity <fashion a lamp from an old churn> 2. fit, adapt 3. obsolete contrive • fashioner noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.