from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conforming to the current style; stylish.
  • adj. Associated with or frequented by persons of fashion.
  • n. A stylish person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of or influenced by a current popular trend or style.
  • adj. Relating to fashion.
  • n. A fashionable person; a fop

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Conforming to the fashion or established mode; according with the prevailing form or style.
  • adj. Established or favored by custom or use; current; prevailing at a particular time.
  • adj. Observant of the fashion or customary mode; dressing or behaving according to the prevailing fashion.
  • adj. Genteel; well-bred.
  • n. A person who conforms to the fashions; -- used chiefly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being shaped or fashioned.
  • Conforming to established fashion, custom, or prevailing practice: as, a fashionable dress or hat; fashionable opinions.
  • Observant of the fashion or customary mode; dressing or behaving according to the prevailing fashion; genteel; polished: as, a fashionable man; fashionable society.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of people of fashion: as, fashionable waste.
  • Patronized, resorted to, or occupied by people of fashion: as, a fashionable tailor or hatter; a fashionable watering-place or neighborhood.
  • n. A person of fashion: chiefly used in the plural: as, this establishment is patronized by the fashionables.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress
  • adj. patronized by
  • adj. being or in accordance with current social fashions


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  • The dog, Bonne Bouche—she had been christened before Mrs. Hazelton bought her—wore on her head, in the manner of the fashionables among her tribe, a bow of satin ribbon holding back her silvery bangs.

    —Dorothy Parker, 'The Bolt behind the Blue'

    I've never seen this word used as a noun before.

    November 12, 2008

  • stylish

    July 24, 2007