fashion [fash-uhn] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses.
  2. conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it: the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion.
  3. manner; way; mode: in a warlike fashion.
  4. the make or form of anything: He liked the fashion of the simple, sturdy furniture.
  5. a kind; sort: All fashions of people make up the world.
  6. Obsolete. workmanship.
  7. Obsolete. act or process of making.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give a particular shape or form to; make: The cavemen fashioned tools from stones.
  2. to accommodate; adjust; adapt: doctrines fashioned to the varying hour.
  3. Shipbuilding. to bend (a plate) without preheating.
  4. Obsolete. to contrive; manage.


  1. after/in a fashion, in some manner or other or to some extent; in a makeshift, unskillful, or unsatisfactory way: He’s an artist after a fashion.

Origin of fashion 1250–1300; Middle English facioun shape, manner Anglo-French faço(u)n, façun, Old French faceon Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company. See faction1 Related formsfash·ion·less, adjectivean·ti·fash·ion, noun, adjectivemis·fash·ion, nounmis·fash·ioned, adjectivepre·fash·ion, verb (used with object), nounpre·fash·ioned, adjectivere·fash·ion, verb (used with object)trans·fash·ion, nounun·fash·ioned, adjectivewell-fash·ioned, adjectiveSynonyms for fashion 1. mode; fad, rage, craze. Fashion, style, vogue imply popularity or widespread acceptance of manners, customs, dress, etc. Fashion is that which characterizes or distinguishes the habits, manners, dress, etc., of a period or group: the fashions of the 18th century. Style is sometimes the equivalent of fashion, but also denotes conformance to a prevalent standard: to be in style; a chair in the Queen Anne style. Vogue suggests the temporary popularity of certain fashions: this year’s vogue in popular music. 4. shape, cut, pattern, figure. 8. frame, construct, mold. 9. suit, fit. Examples from the Web for well-fashioned Historical Examples of well-fashioned

  • May your fellies be strong, the chariots, and their horses, may your reins be well-fashioned.

    Sacred Books of the East


  • He hath no more in Scotland that is the delight of His eyes, than that one little sister, whose breasts were once well-fashioned.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford

    Samuel Rutherford

  • He looked at his neat boots and well-fashioned grey trousers.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories

    James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham

  • Not only was she fair and well-fashioned, but she was the best dancer, and also the best drest, in all those parts.

    Breton Legends


  • A well-affaited or affeted head, a well-fashioned or good-shaped head.

    The Master of Game

    Second Duke of York, Edward

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-fashioned fashion noun

      1. style in clothes, cosmetics, behaviour, etc, esp the latest or most admired style
      2. (as modifier)a fashion magazine
    1. (modifier) (esp of accessories) designed to be in the current fashion, but not necessarily to last
      1. manner of performance; mode; wayin a striking fashion
      2. (in combination)crab-fashion
    2. a way of life that revolves around the activities, dress, interests, etc, that are most fashionable
    3. shape, appearance, or form
    4. sort; kind; type
    5. after a fashion or in a fashion
      1. in some manner, but not very wellI mended it, after a fashion
      2. of a low order; of a sorthe is a poet, after a fashion
    6. after the fashion of like; similar to
    7. of fashion of high social standing

    verb (tr)

    1. to give a particular form to
    2. to make suitable or fitting
    3. obsolete to contrive; manage

    Derived Formsfashioner, nounWord Origin for fashion C13 facioun form, manner, from Old French faceon, from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make Word Origin and History for well-fashioned fashion n.

    c.1300, “shape, manner, mode,” from Old French façon (12c.) “face, appearance; construction, pattern, design; thing done; beauty; manner, characteristic feature,” from Latin factionem (nominative factio) “group of people acting together,” literally “a making or doing,” from facere “to make” (see factitious).

    Sense of “prevailing custom” is from late 15c.; that of “style of attire” is from 1520s.

    To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable. [Eugenia Sheppard, “New York Herald Tribune,” Jan. 13, 1960]

    Fashion plate (1851) originally was “full-page picture in a popular magazine showing the prevailing or latest style of dress,” in reference to the typographic “plate” from which it was printed. Transfered sense of “well-dressed person” had emerged by 1920s.

    fashion v.

    early 15c.; see fashion (n.). Related: Fashioned; fashioning.

    Idioms and Phrases with well-fashioned fashion

    see after a fashion; in fashion.

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