ETYM Old Eng. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, French facon, orig., a making, from Latin factio a making, from facere to make. Related to Fact, Feat, Faction.
1. Characteristic or habitual practice.
2. The latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior.
Style currently in vogue, primarily applied to clothing. Throughout history, in addition to its mainly functional purpose, clothing has been a social status symbol, conveying information about the class, rank, and wealth of the wearer. Fashions were set by the court and ruling classes until the emergence of the individualistic fashion designer, creating clothes exclusively for wealthy clients, in the 19th century. Mass production and diffusion ranges in the 20th century have made the latest designs accessible to a much wider public and fashion has played a much greater role in everyday life.
In recent times fashion has also become a vehicle for political and social statements, usually rebellious, and a means of reflecting the mood of the times. Styles have become much more diverse, and it is no longer the case that any one style of fashion predominates.
ETYM Latin modus a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to Eng. mete: cf. French mode. Related to Mete, Commodious, Mood in grammar, Modus.
1. Any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave; SYN. musical mode.
2. The most frequent value of a random variable.
ETYM French, from Latin rabies, from rabere to rave; cf. Skr. rabh to seize, rabhas violence. Related to Rabid, Rabies, Rave.
1. A state of extreme anger.
2. Something that is desired intensely; SYN. passion.
3. Violent state of the elements.