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.

verb (tr)

  1. to give a new form to (something)


    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

1788 (implied in refashioned), from re- + fashion (v.). Related: Refashioning.


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.


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

see after a fashion; in fashion.

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