The Noun and the Verb for Style
The word “style” can mean many things in many different contexts. It is, however, often used to refer to a particular aesthetic value that is attributed to certain clothes, accessories, footwear, hairstyles, makeup, or body posture. In its more mundane usage, the word style means a fashionable look generally defined by the vogue market as what is popular at the time. More specifically, the style can be defined as a general trend that informs buying decisions about style, which has broad appeal to a wide cross-section of the population. This definition leaves it open as to whether the trend one is following is fashionable or considered just for the sake of trendiness.
Style is an adjective derived from the verb “to look.” In English, the verb has been softened to “to look,” which makes it sound very different. In modern French, however, the verb has been retained and has come to refer to a quality or attitude. The word “style” thus comes from the combination of two verbs whose tense have been changed. The term “style” thus shares a relation with the English term “costume” and the French term “semi-past participle of style.”
Style is not, strictly speaking, a noun. However, it is commonly used as a noun in the social sciences, particularly in politics, fashion, and business. This is because style shares a lot of the same etymology with the noun “age,” which simply means “age.” In English, this word typically refers to someone’s chronological age, rather than their cultural or social status. The concept of style becomes much more concrete, when paired with the verb “to be,” as in “aged.”
Style, unlike most other aspects of language, has its roots firmly in etymology. The word “style” comes from a Latin term, “style,” which referred to the art of weaving fabrics. Etymology also gives us the root of “style,” which is an adjective derived from “aesthetic.” Therefore, style in English can also be an aesthetic quality or a quality of aesthetic design.
The adjective “style” actually comes from the verb “to style” – an imperative form that has no object. Therefore, the sentence “She has a style” is not a true statement, but a question with an implied question. The verb “to style” then creates an imperative that is dependent on the subject (who she is), and the object (her clothing). Style, then, is not a noun, but a quality of a person. This quality is further identified in the inflectional case, where -style becomes -style.
The above discussion illustrates that the subject of style can be a noun, which has a diverse set of uses. Style, then, can be used as a predicative adjective, like “a well-dressed woman” or an adjective, like “stylish.” It can also be used as a verb, as in “She is a style genius.” Finally, the style can be a possessive adjective, forming definite and indefinite adjectives (like she is a style model) in -style. In all these cases, the style is a dynamic quality of a human being, and it makes consistent difference between what is done and what is said.