1. The prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior: out of fashion.
2. Something, such as a garment, that is in the current mode: a swimsuit that is the latest fashion.
3. The style characteristic of the social elite: a man of fashion.
a. Manner or mode; way: Set the table in this fashion.
b. A personal, often idiosyncratic manner: played the violin in his own curious fashion.
5. Kind or variety; sort: people of all fashions.
6. Shape or form; configuration.
tr.v.fash·ioned, fash·ion·ing, fash·ions
1. To give shape or form to; make: fashioned a table from a redwood burl.
2. To train or influence into a particular state or character.
3. To adapt, as to a purpose or an occasion; accommodate.
4. Obsolete To contrive.
In some way or other, especially to a limited extent: She sings after a fashion.
[Middle English facioun, from Old French fa?on, appearance, manner, from Latin facti, factin-, a making, from factus, past participle of facere, to make, do; see dh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: fashion, style, mode, vogue These nouns refer to a prevailing or preferred manner of dress, adornment, behavior, or way of life at a given time. Fashion, the broadest term, usually refers to what accords with conventions adopted by polite society or by any culture or subculture: a time when long hair was the fashion. Style is sometimes used interchangeably with fashion, but like mode often stresses adherence to standards of elegance: traveling in style; miniskirts that were the mode in the late sixties. Vogue is applied to fashion that prevails widely and often suggests enthusiastic but short-lived acceptance: a video game that was in vogue a few years ago. See Also Synonyms at method.
fashion /fn/ n.1 [C; U] any style of dress popular for a period of time: It used to be the fashion for women to wear gloves when they went out.2sing. a manner, way: The children formed a line in an orderly fashion.3in fashion or out of fashion: popular or unpopular at a particular time: Although the writer died fifty years ago, his ideas are still in fashion. v. [T] to design and make: He fashioned a walking stick out of a piece of wood.
Thesaurus: fashion n.1 a trend, mode.
Usage Note: New York is the center of the USAs fashion industry. Hollywood has a big influence on popular styles too, because the clothes worn in music videos, movies, and TV shows are seen by millions of people.