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noun style pronunciation in British English /staɪl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the individual way that someone behaves and does things
    Rob has a very different style, relaxed and slow.
    I really dislike her teaching style.
    style of: Nancy’s style of management is not what I was expecting.
    not be someone’s style: Having big parties is not our style.
    1. a.
      [countable] the way that someone writes or produces music or art
      Do you have any trouble with Joyce’s writing style?
      Sylvia’s singing style has been influenced by jazz.
      style of: Picasso’s style of painting changed and developed over the years.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] an attractive or impressive way of behaving or doing something
    with style: I was greeted with great style.
    have style: Greg has a lot of style.
    See also cramp2
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the way that something is made or done that is typical of a particular group, time, or place
    Julie prefers the Gothic architectural style, while I like Romanesque.
    Her painting is influenced by early modernist styles.
    style of: He has the true Italian style of playing.
    1. a.
      the particular way that clothing is made or designed
      The characters were wearing Renaissance style costumes.
      style of: I don’t like the style of dresses that are popular now.



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