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Fa'shionable. adj. [from fashion.]

  1. Approved by custom; established by custom; modish.

    The eminence of your condition, and the gallantry of your principles, will invite gentlemen to the useful and ennobling study of nature, and make philosophy fashionable. Glan.

    Examine how the fashionable practice of the world can be reconciled to this important doctrine of our religion. Rogers.

    'Tis prevailing example that hath now made it fashionable. Benley.

  2. Made according to the mode.

    Rich, fashionable robes her person deck;
    Pendants her ears, and pearls adorn her neck.
    Dryd. Ovid.

  3. Observant of the mode.

                Time is like a fashionable host,
    That slightly shakes his parting guest by th' hand;
    But with his arms outstretch'd, as he would fly,
    Grasps in the corner: welcome ever smiles,
    And farewell goes out sighing.
    Shakes. Troilus and Cressida.

  4. Having rank above the vulgar, and below nobility.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Dryden, John (788) · Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Rogers, John (38) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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