Definition of vogue in English:

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Pronunciation: /vōɡ/


[usually in singular]
1The prevailing fashion or style at a particular time: the vogue is to make realistic films
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  • His brilliant, fluid landscape sketches in oils and watercolour were inspirational and he helped create a vogue for ‘troubadour’ subjects.
  • This created a vogue for such biographies in which the fictional element became progressively greater until the world saw the emergence of a new genre - the novel.
  • It initiated a vogue for revenge theatre that lasted for decades, and it shares many elements with the greatest of all revenge tragedies, Hamlet.
1.1General acceptance or favor; popularity: the 1920s and 30s, when art deco was much in vogue
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  • However, he said, as part of the Government's commitment to urban generation, parks were in vogue again.
  • The military coup may be a thing of the past, but the popular coup is in vogue.
  • Commercial property is also back in vogue with UK fund managers.
fashionable, in fashion, fashion-forward, voguish, stylish, modish, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, du jour, modern, current;
prevalent, popular, in favor, in demand, sought-after, all the rage;
chic, chi-chi, smart, tony, kicky, le dernier cri;
trendy, hip, cool, big, happening, now, in, with it


Popular; fashionable: “citizenship” was to be the government’s vogue word
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  • But what is the real impact on the home front of our obsession with fashionable and vogue trends?
  • Mostly, the ‘girl crush’ seems to be a vogue phrase for something that has been around for a long time: a fawning but nonsexual interest one woman has in another.
  • Trash cinema has become the vogue topic for film scholars.

verb (vogues, vogueing or voguing, vogued)

[no object]
Dance to music in such a way as to imitate the characteristic poses struck by a model on a catwalk.
1980s: from the name of the fashion magazine Vogue
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  • I ‘vogued’ down the street and at parties with my friends.
  • But, yes, she is going to take pieces from the well of gay culture and move them into her own work and make a lot of money off of it, whereas the people who invented vogueing don't make a dime.
  • She can rap, she can vogue, she can do bondage and ballads, but one thing she can't be is clean-cut.



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  • Luckily, the food, presented in the voguish mix-and-match style, is so decent that none of this really matters.
  • Words often take on an aura of voguish cool, and then become redundant.
  • Forcing cities and universities down the voguish path of architectural novelty, aside from inflicting inhospitable garishness on residents, denies the lessons of history.


Late 16th century (in the vogue, denoting the foremost place in popular estimation): from French, from Italian voga 'rowing, fashion', from vogare 'row, go well'.

  • Fashion and rowing may not appear to have much in common, but Italian voga, from which vogue came derives from vogare ‘to row, go well’. During the 17th century vogue was definitely in vogue, developing most of its current meanings. In the 1980s dancers in clubs began to vogue, imitating the characteristic poses struck by a model on a catwalk—the word here refers to the glossy fashion magazine Vogue, which started life as a weekly New York society paper before the US publisher Condé Nast bought it and transformed it from 1909.

Words that rhyme with vogue

brogue, disembogue, drogue, pirog, pirogue, prorogue, rogue

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Syllabification: vogue

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