- style [stīl]n.[ME < L stilus (sp. infl. by unrelated Gr stylos, pillar) < IE base * (s)tei-, pointed > L stimulus]1. a sharp, slender, pointed instrument used by the ancients in writing on wax tablets2. any of several devices, etc. similar in shape or use; specif.,a) Obs. a penb) an etching needlec) an engraving toold) the pointer on a dial, chart, etc.e) the gnomon of a sundialf) Bot. the slender, stalklike part of a carpel between the stigma and the ovary: see PISTILg) Zool. a small, pointed projection or bristlelike process, as on some insectsh) manner or mode of expression in language, as distinct from the ideas expressed; way of using words to express thoughtsi) specific or characteristic manner of expression, execution, construction, or design, in any art, period, work, employment, etc. [the Byzantine style, modern style]3. distinction, excellence, originality, and character in any form of artistic or literary expression [an author who lacks style]4. the way in which anything is made or done5.a) the current, fashionable way of dressing, speaking, acting, etc.b) something stylish; esp., a garment of current, smart designc) a fashionable, luxurious existence [to live in style]6. distinction and elegance of manner and bearing7. form of address; title [entitled to the style of Mayor]8. sort; kind; variety; type9. a way of reckoning time, dates, etc.: see OLD STYLE (sense 1), NEW STYLE10. Printing a particular manner of dealing with spelling, punctuation, word division, etc., as by a specific publisher, newspaper, etc.vt.styled, styling1. to name; call [Abraham Lincoln, styled the Great Emancipator ]☆ 2. to design the style of3. to treat (hair) by cutting, blow-drying, coloring, etc. in order to achieve a desired, usually fashionable, style4. to bring into accord with an accepted style, as of a publisher; normalize spelling, punctuation, etc. ofSYN.- FASHIONstylelessadj.stylern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.