Meaning of “fashion” in the English Dictionary

"fashion" in British English

See all translations


uk /ˈfæʃ.ən/ us /ˈfæʃ.ən/

fashion noun (POPULAR STYLE)

A2 [ C or U ] a style that is popular at a particular time, especially in clothes, hair, make-up, etc.:

Long hair is back in fashion for men.
Fur coats have gone out of fashion.
a programme with features on sport and fashion
She always wears the latest fashions.
follow (a) fashion

to do what is popular at the time

like it's going out of fashion informal

If you use something like it's going out of fashion, you use large amounts of it very quickly:

Emma spends money like it's going out of fashion.

More examples

  • We did a fashion shoot on the beach, with the girls modelling swimwear.
  • Whatever the latest fashion trend, you can be sure Nicki will be wearing it.
  • There's a double-page spread on the latest fashions.
  • Our fashion editor gives you the lowdown on winter coats for this season.
  • They made their money in the fashion business.

fashion noun (MANNER)

[ S ] a way of doing things:

The rebel army behaved in a brutal fashion.
after a fashion

mainly UK If you can do something after a fashion, you can do it, but not well:

I can cook, after a fashion.

More examples

  • During the bomb scare, the customers were asked to proceed in an orderly fashion out of the shop.
  • He gets on with things in his own peculiar fashion.
  • Charles picked at his food in a bored fashion.
  • The developers dealt with the problem in the time-honoured fashion, burying the industrial waste in landfill sites.
  • Paul, in typically rude fashion, told him he was talking rubbish.

fashionverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfæʃ.ən/ us /ˈfæʃ.ən/ formal

(Definition of “fashion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fashion" in American English

See all translations


us /ˈfæʃ·ən/

fashion noun (CUSTOM)

[ U ] a custom, look, or way of doing things that is considered acceptable:

Long skirts are back in fashion this season.
Formal dinner parties seem to be out of fashion.

fashion noun (CLOTHING)

[ C/U ] clothing that is considered stylish:

[ U ] She has a flair for fashion.
[ C ] He plays golf and dresses in the latest fashions.

fashion noun (MANNER)

[ U ] a way of doing things:

The sale of the property has to be conducted in a systematic fashion.

fashionverb [ T ]

us /ˈfæʃ·ən/

fashion verb [ T ] (MAKE)

to create something, using the hands or the imagination:

She fashioned an elaborate sculpture out of newspapers and glue.

(Definition of “fashion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fashion" in Business English

See all translations


uk /ˈfæʃən/ us

[ U ] the business that involves producing and selling new styles, especially of clothes, shoes, hair, etc.:

The film makes fun of major figures in the fashion industry.
a fashion magazine
The fashion retailer announced a drop in YTD profits of 57%.

[ C or U ] something that is popular at a particular time:

The fashion for outsourcing has led to a shortage of home-grown workers with good IT skills.
Social networking sites seem to be going out of fashion.
Growing your own fruit and veg is now back in fashion.

(Definition of “fashion” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)