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[vohg] /voʊg/
something in fashion, as at a particular time:
Short hairdos were the vogue in the twenties.
popular currency, acceptance, or favor; popularity:
The book is having a great vogue.
Origin of vogue
1565-75; < Middle French: wave or course of success < Old Italian voga a rowing, derivative of vogare to row, sail < ?
Related forms
prevogue, noun
1. mode. See fashion. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vogue
  • In fact, they were forced to recycle well before the practice was in vogue.
  • The vogue for retro could also simply reflect the spirit of the times.
  • Candied nuts came into vogue along with candied fruit.
  • Panpsychism and morphic resonance are becoming more in vogue as quantum uncertainty principles are studied.
  • People must be taught that the contemptible verbiage currently in vogue is not acceptable for any public venue.
  • The vogue now is for bespoke inquiries-efficient, informal processes carefully tailored to the problem at hand.
  • E-voting, which lets voters choose their candidates using a touch screen computer, appears to be falling out of vogue.
  • Such targeted taxes seem to be in vogue at the moment.
  • We are on a learning curve where some new ideas become the vogue for a period until a better theory takes their place.
  • The vogue has abated, but plenty of people still experiment with them.
British Dictionary definitions for vogue


the popular style at a specified time (esp in the phrase in vogue)
a period of general or popular usage or favour: the vogue for such dances is now over
(usually prenominal) popular or fashionable: a vogue word
Derived Forms
voguish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French: a rowing, fashion, from Old Italian voga, from vogare to row, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for vogue

1570s, the vogue, "leading place in popularity, greatest success or acceptance," from Middle French vogue "fashion, success, drift, swaying motion (of a boat)" literally "a rowing," from Old French voguer "to row, sway, set sail," probably from Old Low German *wogon, variant of wagon "float, fluctuate," literally "to balance oneself" (see weigh). Apparently the notion is of being "borne along on the waves of fashion." Italian vogare also probably is borrowed from Germanic. Phrase in vogue "having a prominent place in popular fashion" first recorded 1643. The fashion magazine began publication in 1892.

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Slang definitions & phrases for vogue

visiting fireman

noun phrase

An out-of-town visitor, esp a dignitary: He meets a good many distinguished visiting firemen

[1926+; fr the earlier sense fireman or fire maker, ''a Native American ceremonial dignitary who was responsible for lighting the fires'']

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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