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[stahy-lish] /ˈstaɪ lɪʃ/
characterized by or conforming to style or the fashionable standard; fashionably elegant; smart or chic:
She wore a very stylish gown to the inaugural ball.
Origin of stylish
1775-85; style + -ish1
Related forms
stylishly, adverb
stylishness, noun
quasi-stylish, adjective
quasi-stylishly, adverb
superstylish, adjective
superstylishly, adverb
superstylishness, noun
unstylish, adjective
unstylishly, adverb
unstylishness, noun
Can be confused
stylish, stylistic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stylish
  • stylish teenagers flock to the gleaming mega-mall, watched by shirtless beggars crouched in gutters.
  • Even the stylish new round hat had the same significance.
  • Myra was not sure that she was, but it sounded stylish though vaguely improper.
  • We are going through a generational and cultural change that provides for casual, yet stylish dress in business and education.
  • She founded several stylish signature events at the college, including film and fashion shows.
  • Plus, it's often easier to look stylish wearing lower-heeled shoes with trousers.
  • Not terribly stylish, unless they've come out with some new styles.
  • But, if something is green and incredibly stylish, then yes.
  • The stylish octogenarian is, by his own account, as busy as ever.
  • Catalogues and stylish boutiques are devoted to camouflage chic.
British Dictionary definitions for stylish


having style; smart; fashionable
Derived Forms
stylishly, adverb
stylishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stylish

1797 ( in "Sense and Sensibility"), from style + -ish. The adjective good is understood. Related: Stylishly; stylishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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