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style (n.)

early 14c., stile, "writing instrument, pen, stylus; piece of written discourse, a narrative, treatise;" also "characteristic rhetorical mode of an author, manner or mode of expression," and "way of life, manner, behavior, conduct," from Old French stile, estile "style, fashion, manner; a stake, pale," from Latin stilus "stake, instrument for writing, manner of writing, mode of expression," perhaps from the same source as stick (v.)). Spelling modified incorrectly by influence of Greek stylos "pillar," which probably is not directly related. As distinguished from substance, 1570s. Meaning "mode of dress" is from 1814.

style (v.)

c. 1500, "address with a title;" 1560s, "to give a name to," from style (n.). Meaning "to arrange in (fashionable) style" (especially of hair) is attested from 1934. Slang sense of "act or play in a showy way" is by 1974, African-American vernacular. Related: Styled; styling.

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Definitions of style from WordNet
1
style (n.)
how something is done or how it happens;
in the characteristic New York style
Synonyms: manner / mode / way / fashion
style (n.)
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period;
all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper
Synonyms: expressive style
style (n.)
a particular kind (as to appearance);
this style of shoe is in demand
style (n.)
the popular taste at a given time;
the 1920s had a style of their own
Synonyms: vogue / trend
style (n.)
(botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma;
style (n.)
editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display;
style (n.)
distinctive and stylish elegance;
Synonyms: dash / elan / flair / panache
style (n.)
a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving;
Synonyms: stylus
style (n.)
a slender bristlelike or tubular process;
a cartilaginous style
2
style (v.)
designate by an identifying term;
They styled their nation `The Confederate States'
Synonyms: title
style (v.)
make consistent with a certain fashion or style;
style the dress
style (v.)
make consistent with certain rules of style;
style a manuscript
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