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fashion Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun how something is done or how it happens
    style; manner; way; mode.
    • her dignified manner
    • his rapid manner of talking
    • their nomadic mode of existence
    • in the characteristic New York style
    • a lonely way of life
    • in an abrasive fashion
  2. noun characteristic or habitual practice
  3. noun the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
  4. noun consumer goods (especially clothing) in the current mode
  5. verb make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
    • She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks

Fash"ion noun
OE. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, F. facon, orig., a making, fr. L. factio a making, fr. facere to make. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Faction.
  1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape, appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar, etc. ; workmanship; execution.
    The fashion of his countenance was altered. Luke ix. 29.
    I do not like the fashion of your garments. Shak.
  2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior, etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing, ride, etc., in the fashion.
    The innocent diversions in fashion. Locke.
    As now existing, fashion is a form of social regulation analogous to constitutional government as a form of political regulation. H. Spencer.
  3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position; good breeding; as, men of fashion.
  4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort; way. "After his sour fashion." Shak. in a sort? s.b. of a sort? -->
Fash"ion transitive verb
Cf. F. faconner.
imperfect & past participle Fashioned ; present participle & verbal noun Fashioning
  1. To form; to give shape or figure to; to mold.
    Here the loud hammer fashions female toys. Gay.
    Ingenious art . . . Steps forth to fashion and refine the age. Cowper.
  2. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate; -- with to.
    Laws ought to be fashioned to the manners and conditions of the people. Spenser.
  3. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.
    Fashioned plate sells for more than its weight. Locke.
  4. To forge or counterfeit. Obs. Shak.

Webster 1913

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