/staɪl / (say stuyl)

1. a particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character.
2. a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode of action.
3. a mode of living, as with respect to expense or display.
4. an elegant or fashionable mode of living: they live in style.
5. a mode of fashion, as in dress, especially good or approved fashion; elegance; smartness.
6. characteristic mode of writing or speaking, as determined by period, literary form, personality, etc.: the style of Henry Lawson.
7. the features of a literary composition belonging to the form of expression rather than the content.
8. a manner or tone adopted in speaking to others.
9. a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode or form of construction or execution in any art or work.
10. a descriptive or distinguishing appellation, especially, a legal, official, or recognised title: a firm trading under the style of Smith, Jones & Co.
11. Also, stylus. an instrument of metal, bone, or the like, used by the ancients for writing on a waxed tablet, having one end pointed for incising the letters, and the other end blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet.
12. something resembling or suggesting such an instrument.
13. a pointed instrument for drawing, etching, or writing.
14. the gnomon of a sundial.
15. a mode of reckoning time.
16. Botany a narrow, usually cylindrical and more or less filiform extension of the ovary, which, when present, bears the stigma at its apex.
17. Zoology a small, slender, pointed process or part.
18. the rules of spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, etc., observed by a publishing house, newspaper, etc.
verb (styled, styling)
verb (t)
19. to call by a particular style or appellation (as specified); to denominate; name; call.
20. to design in accordance with a given or new style: to style an evening dress.
21. to make conform to a specific style.
verb (i)
22. to do decorative work with a style or stylus.
{Middle English, from Old French, from Latin stilus stake, pointed instrument for writing; Latin stilus confused with Greek stylos a column}
styler, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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