Meaning of “style” in the English Dictionary

"style" in British English

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stylenoun

uk /staɪl/ us /staɪl/

style noun (WAY)

B1 [ C or U ] a way of doing something, especially one that is typical of a person, group of people, place, or period:

Jones favours a dynamic, hands-on style of management.
His office is very utilitarian in style, with no decoration.
be your style informal

to be the type of thing that you would do:

He wouldn't try to mislead you - it's not his style.

More examples

  • a flamboyant style of choreography
  • a conversational style of writing
  • Most of her films have a documentary style.
  • This painting perfectly exemplifies the naturalistic style that was so popular at the time.
  • Paul has a hands-off style of management.

style noun (FASHION)

B1 [ C or U ] fashion, especially in clothing:

a style consultant
I read the fashion pages in the newspapers to keep up with the latest styles.
The classic black dress is always in style.

More examples

  • He has plenty of money but no style.
  • So how did a diminutive Australian soap star get to be this great icon of style and beauty?
  • He reads all the latest style magazines.
  • I like her style.
  • Black is always in style.

style noun (DESIGN)

B1 [ C ] a particular shape or design, especially of a person's hair, clothes, or a piece of furniture:

a formal style of hat
Her hair was cut in a really nice style.
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  • a plain style of architecture
  • Prince Charles condemned the assertively modernist style of architecture.
  • Their house was decorated in a style that was not to my taste.
  • The school uniform is quasi-military in style.
  • She had her hair cut in a boyish style.

style noun (HIGH QUALITY)

B2 [ U ] approving high quality in appearance, design, or behaviour:

That car's got real style, which is no surprise considering how much it cost.
When she decides to do something, she always does it in/with great style.

styleverb [ T ]

uk /staɪl/ us /staɪl/

style verb [ T ] (DESIGN)

to shape or design something such as a person's hair or an object like a piece of clothing or furniture, especially so that it looks attractive:

You've had your hair styled - it really suits you.
This range of jackets is styled to look good whatever the occasion.

More examples

  • I think they could style her hair in a more flattering way.
  • Her hair was styled to look like a 50s movie star.

style verb [ T ] (TITLE)

to give a title to a person or group:

[ + noun ] She styles herself "Doctor" but she doesn't have a degree.
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-stylesuffix

uk / -staɪl/ us / -staɪl/

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

"style" in American English

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stylenoun

us /stɑɪl/

style noun (WAY)

[ C/U ] a way of doing something, esp. one that is typical of a person, group of people, place, or time:

[ C ] Puente fused Latin with other musical styles.
[ C ] The book is written in the style of an 18th-century novel.
[ U ] His portraits were awkward in style.

[ C/U ] Style is also a special quality that makes a person or thing seem different and attractive:

[ U ] I like this team – the players have style.

style noun (DESIGN)

[ C ] a particular form or design:

They had hundreds of styles of light fixtures in stock.

[ C ] Style also means fashion:

[ C ] I keep up with the latest styles.
[ U ] The classic black dress is always in style.

art [ C ] Style also refers to particular features of art that are found in a group of artists who lived and worked at the same time.

styleverb [ T ]

us /stɑɪl/

style verb [ T ] (DESIGN)

to arrange or design hair, clothes, a room, etc., esp. so that it looks attractive:

Most women style their hair.

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

"style" in Business English

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stylenoun [ C ]

uk /staɪl/ us

a way of doing something, especially one that is typical of a person, group of people, place, or period:

management/leadership style An authoritarian management style may not yield good results.
Those familiar with her personal style say she is quietly decisive.
a working/learning style

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

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