Definition of fashion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfaSHən/


1A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior: his hair is cut in the latest fashion
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  • And many of those designs are seeing a return to popularity, along with some of the clothing fashions of the day.
  • New styles and fashions are created and popularised by it.
  • I keep up with the latest trends and fashions, and while my style might not match that of my fellow students, I feel as though adults take me more seriously.
vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, fad;
style, look;
tendency, convention, custom, practice
informal thing
1.1The production and marketing of new styles of goods, especially clothing and cosmetics: [as modifier]: a fashion magazine
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  • My daughter is a published poet and artist and is studying fashion technology.
  • Nevertheless, covering a war for a women's fashion magazine is surely as surreal as it gets, he acknowledges.
  • We hope that this has been a lesson in smart reading of fashion magazines.
clothes, clothing design, couture;
the garment industry
informal the rag trade
2A manner of doing something: the work is done in a rather casual fashion
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  • The chairman would like to thank all who attended and behaved in a mannerly fashion.
  • I think that danger may lurk in the background, but it is likely to arise in an indirect fashion, rather than directly.
  • Largely out of my experience with the Science Council I wanted it to be done in a systematic fashion.
manner, way, method, mode, style;
system, approach


[with object] (often be fashioned)
1Make into a particular or the required form: the bottles were fashioned from green glass
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  • It is said that you can recognise the deft hands that fashioned a doll by looking for telltale signs and shapes on it.
  • He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.
  • Back in the days when England was embroiled in the Hundred Years' War against France, a family of notables was fashioning its own chapel in the valley of the River Kent.
construct, build, make, manufacture, fabricate, tailor, contrive;
cast, shape, form, mold, sculpt;
forge, hew
1.1 (fashion something into) Use materials to make into: the skins were fashioned into boots and shoes
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  • I am fashioning this material into a visually poetic tribute to his genius.
  • To show this, they fashioned the material into threads and used them to stitch four incisions on two rats.
  • Even old railway sleepers have been fashioned into new building material.



after a fashion

To a certain extent but imperfectly or unsatisfactorily: he could read after a fashion
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  • A few each year go off to college, after a fashion.
  • He had become a traitor to his class - after a fashion.
  • And I've constructed my photograph album, after a fashion.
to a certain extent, in a way, somehow, somehow or other, in a manner of speaking, in its way

after (or in) the fashion of

In a manner similar to: she took servants for granted after the fashion of wealthy and pampered girls
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  • The two of us hit the road back to my Uncle's and in the fashion of most of our journeys, we turn to song.
  • At this point, it is clear that contamination must be censored, and the punishment comes in the fashion of another deviation: that of the gaze of the censor.
  • She is an eccentric in the fashion of a good many English women who have taken to the East, i.e. a mixture of battiness and extreme practicality.

in (or out of) fashion

Popular (or unpopular) and considered (or not considered) to be attractive at the time in question.
Example sentences
  • Baroque art, which fell out of fashion in the mid-1700s, was a particularly popular target.
  • Politics, we keep being told, is out of fashion because nobody addresses the really tough questions that matter.
  • Sherlock Holmes is a permanent fixture in popular culture, and he is particularly in fashion at the moment.
fashionable, in vogue, fashion-forward, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, all the rage, chic, à la mode
informal trendy, with it, cool, in, the in thing, hot, big, hip, happening, now, sharp, groovy, tony, fly
unfashionable, dated, old-fashioned, out of date, outdated, outmoded, behind the times;
unstylish, untrendy, unpopular, passé, démodé
informal old hat, out, square, uncool



Example sentences
  • Mere hours before the final hurtling rush, he, that fashioner of consciousness, opening his eyes only occasionally to the continued swirl of computer cards and snowy flakes, spoke of Being and Becoming.
  • In Wisdom of Solomon 7: 22, for example, Wisdom is spoken of as ‘the fashioner of all things'.


Middle English (in the sense 'make, shape, appearance,' also 'a particular make or style'): from Old French façon, from Latin factio(n-), from facere 'do, make'.

  • If you were out of fashion in the early 1500s you were not outmoded, you were ‘out of shape’. Fashion originally meant ‘make, shape, or appearance’ as well as ‘a particular style’, and it was not until the mid 16th century that it developed the sense of ‘a popular style of clothes or way of behaving’. In fashion and out of fashion were both used by Shakespeare to mean ‘in vogue’ and ‘out of vogue’. In Julius Caesar, when the defeated Brutus plans to kill himself, he says, ‘Slaying is the word. It is a deed in fashion.’

Words that rhyme with fashion

ashen, passion, ration

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Syllabification: fash·ion

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