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fashion plate

a person who consistently wears the latest style in dress.
an illustration showing the prevailing or new fashion in clothes.
Origin of fashion plate
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for fashion-plate
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  • A stoutish woman out of a Paris fashion-plate came trotting across the room, smiling in welcome: "Meester Rosythe!"

    They Call Me Carpenter Upton Sinclair
  • However, I value it less as a work of art than as a fashion-plate.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The subaltern opposite, however, was immaculate as the fashion-plate of a Sackville Street tailor.

  • Never had they promenaded so proudly to martial music or waltzed so perspiringly with the fashion-plate officers whom they adored.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • She looked like a fashion-plate in a tailored gown and handsome hat.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Think of the lather of the modern novel, and the fashion-plate men and women that figure in it!

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • Clothes like a fashion-plate—got any fashion-plates in Chaudiere?

  • She consults the fashion-plate oftener than her Bible; she visits the dry-goods shop and the milliner oftener than the church.

  • Herewith is a photographic reproduction of this fashion-plate.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Over the little white bed hung the fashion-plate that he had mended, in the pasteboard frame he had manufactured for it.

    Meg's Friend Alice Abigail Corkran
British Dictionary definitions for fashion-plate

fashion plate

an illustration of the latest fashion in dress
a fashionably dressed person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fashion-plate

fashion plate

noun phrase

A well-dressed person, esp a stylish one: The present-day racketeer is a veritable fashion plate (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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