- a sharp, slender, pointed instrument used by the ancients in writing on wax tablets
- any of several devices, etc. similar in shape or use; specif.,
- Obsolete a pen
- an etching needle
- an engraving tool
- the pointer on a dial, chart, etc.
- the gnomon of a sundial
- Bot. the slender, stalklike part of a carpel between the stigma and the ovary
- Zool. a small, pointed projection or bristlelike process, as on some insects
- manner or mode of expression in language, as distinct from the ideas expressed; way of using words to express thoughts
- specific or characteristic manner of expression, execution, construction, or design, in any art, period, work, employment, etc.: the Byzantine style, modern style
- distinction, excellence, originality, and character in any form of artistic or literary expression: an author who lacks style
- the way in which anything is made or done
- the current, fashionable way of dressing, speaking, acting, etc.
- something stylish; esp., a garment of current, smart design
- a fashionable, luxurious existence: to live in style
- distinction and elegance of manner and bearing
- form of address; title: entitled to the style of Mayor
- sort; kind; variety; type
- a way of reckoning time, dates, etc.
- Printing a particular manner of dealing with spelling, punctuation, word division, etc., as by a specific publisher, newspaper, etc.
ME < L stilus (sp. infl. by unrelated Gr stylos, pillar) < IE base *(s)tei-, pointed > L stimulus
transitive verb styled, styling
- to name; call: Abraham Lincoln, styled the Great Emancipator
- ☆ to design the style of
- to treat (hair) by cutting, blow-drying, coloring, etc. in order to achieve a desired, usually fashionable, style
- to bring into accord with an accepted style, as of a publisher; normalize spelling, punctuation, etc. of