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
a. a distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) <writes with more attention to style than to content> <the flowery style of 18th century prose> b. a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself <the formal style of the court> <his style is abrasive>; also a particular mode of living <in high style> c. a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed <a unique style of horseback riding> <the classical style of dance> 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> <the Greek style of architecture> 5. a. the state of being popular ; fashion <clothes that are always in style> b. fashionable elegance c. beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique <an awkward moment she handled with style> 6. a convention with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display followed in writing or printing Synonyms: see fashion • styleless adjective • stylelessness 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.