style
I. noun Etymology: Middle English stile, style, from Latin stilus spike, stem, stylus, style of writing; perhaps akin to Latin instigare to goad — more at stick Date: 14th century 1. designation, title 2. a. a distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) <
writes with more attention to style than to content
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the flowery style of 18th century prose
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b. a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself <
the formal style of the court
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<
his style is abrasive
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; also a particular mode of living <
in high style
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c. a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed <
a unique style of horseback riding
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<
the classical style of dance
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3. a. stylus b. gnomon 1b c. the filiform usually elongated part of the pistil bearing a stigma at its apex — see flower illustration d. a slender elongated process (as a bristle) on an animal 4. a distinctive quality, form, or type of something <
a new dress style
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the Greek style of architecture
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5. a. the state of being popular ; fashion <
clothes that are always in style
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b. fashionable elegance c. beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique <
an awkward moment she handled with style
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6. a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing Synonyms: see fashionstyleless adjectivestylelessness noun II. transitive verb (styled; styling) Date: circa 1580 1. to call or designate by an identifying term ; name 2. a. to give a particular style to b. to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode • styler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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