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Style may refer to:

  • Design, the process of creating something
  • Fashion, a prevailing mode of expression, e.g., clothing
  • Style (fiction), an aspect of literary composition
  • Format, various terms that refer to the style of different things
  • Genre, a loose set of criteria for a category or composition
  • Human physical appearance
  • Typeface, style is one of the three traditional design features along with size and weight: either regular, italic or condensed

Style, in specific fields, may also refer to:

  • Style (visual arts), in art and painting style can refer either to the aesthetic values followed in choosing what to paint (and how) or to the physical techniques employed
  • Style (botany), a stalk structure in female flower parts
  • Style (manner of address), titles or honorifics, including Chinese courtesy names


Film and television

Literature, linguistics, and rhetoric

Other uses

See also

  • Stile, a step used for crossing a fence
  • Stylus, a writing instrument

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Wikitravel:Manual of style article)

From Wikitravel

Our Manual of style is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving Wikitravel a consistent look and feel. Most of these rules have exceptions, but to put together a good reference work collaboratively, it's best to follow the rules unless they're quite inappropriate for a particular situation.

The Manual is broken up into different pages so that this one doesn't get overloaded with extraneous text. It makes it easier to find and update individual rules or concepts if they're on their own pages. Finally, it's easier for smarty-pantses to link to the particular rule being broken from talk pages for articles.

If all this stuff makes your head swim, and you don't want to bother with it, by all means plunge forward and just start sharing your knowledge. Other Wikitravellers will come through and bring your contributions more in line with the style guide.

If you have a question about the specifics of the Manual, or want to see it changed/amended/clarified, use the talk page for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found here.

Structural style

This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of Wikitravel as a whole.

  • Main Page guidelines - how to add links to the Main Page
  • What is an article? - how and when to start new articles
  • Other ways of seeing travel - approaching travel from different angles
  • Geographical hierarchy - how we divide up the world
  • Article naming conventions - how to name an article
  • Disambiguation pages - when to make them and how to use them
  • Bodies of water - how lakes, rivers, seas and oceans fit into Wikitravel
  • Categories - using the MediaWiki categories feature
  • Using Mediawiki templates - using the MediaWiki Template: transclusion feature
  • Mediawiki template index - a list of available Mediawiki templates

Formatting style

These rules are about laying out individual articles. That is, they describe how we take raw information and put it in a format that's easily usable by travelers.

Article layout:

  • Article templates - consistent articles. Standard sections and formatting.
  • Where you can stick it - finding a place to share your knowledge
  • Information for gay and lesbian travellers - where to put GLBT info in a destination article

Formatting content:

  • Section headers - formatting guidelines for the section headers
  • Avoid HTML - avoiding HTML formatting
  • Information boxes - when, how and when not to use information boxes
  • Geocoding - adding latitude and longitude to destination articles
  • Wiki markup - How to use the special Mediawiki markup to present information


  • Internal links - linking to other articles in Wikitravel
  • External links - how and when to link to other Web sites
  • Inter-language links - linking to other language versions
  • Links to Wikipedia - how to make links to Wikipedia articles
  • Links to Open Directory - how to make twin-pages links to Open Directory topics


  • Accommodation listings - for the Sleep section of articles
  • Activity listings - things to Do
  • Attraction listings - things to See
  • Bar listings - for the Drink section of articles
  • Restaurant listings - for the Eat section of articles
  • One-liner listings - for Regions, Districts, Cities, and Get out sections, and in other sections as appropriate

Writing style

This set of rules describes how to write words, sentences, and paragraphs.

  • Tone - the right tone for your prose
  • Don't tout - describe, don't push
  • Spelling - what spelling rules to use
  • Abbreviations - when to abbreviate words
  • Neutrality of medium - referring to the medium the article is in
  • First person pronouns - avoid using "I", "we", and their ilk
  • Second person pronouns - using "you" and friends is okay
  • Words to avoid - some words and phrases to avoid in articles
  • Foreign words - using non-English words and names in articles
  • Romanization - for languages that do not use the Latin alphabet
  • Don't overlink - when to make links in article text
  • Use boldface to call out important topics - using boldface for theme words
  • Use italics for emphasis - putting stress on certain words and phrases
  • Avoid negative reviews - don't bother listing places not worth going to
  • No advice from Captain Obvious - if it's obvious or universally true, there's no point in adding it
  • Measurements - formatting lengths, weights, temperatures, etc.
  • Currency - proper method of displaying currency
  • Time and date formats
  • Phone numbers - including and formatting phone numbers
  • Trademarks - using trademarks
  • Help - for technical help with Wiki syntax
  • Community policies - for Wikitravel's collaboration policies
  • Wikitravel:Namespace index - all the "meta" articles in the Wikitravel: namespace
  • Using talk pages

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

There is more than one meaning of Style discussed in the 1911 Encyclopedia. We are planning to let all links go to the correct meaning directly, but for now you will have to search it out from the list below by yourself. If you want to change the link that led you here yourself, it would be appreciated.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010
(Redirected to style article)

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Wikipedia has articles on:





From Old French estile (French: style), from Latin stilus.





style (plural styles)

  1. A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.
  2. (botany) the stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.
  3. A traditional or legal term preceding a reference to a person who holds a title or post.
  4. A traditional or legal term used to address a person who holds a title or post.

Derived terms


See also


to style

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to style (third-person singular simple present styles, present participle styling, simple past and past participle styled)

  1. To create or give a style, fashion or image.
  2. To call or give a name or title.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 10
      Marianne’s preserver, as Margaret, with more elegance than precision, stiled [sic] Willoughby, called at the cottage early the next morning to make his personal inquiries.



  • Anagrams of elsty



From Latin stilus.



style m. (plural styles)

  1. style

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Style may refer to:

  • Genre, design, format, or looks
  • Fashion, applies to a mode of expression, i.e. clothing.
  • Carpel, in Botany: part of the pistil of a flower
  • The artistic characteristics that make an artist's work special or unique
  • Painting style, in art and painting style can refer either to the aesthetic values followed in choosing what to paint (and how) or to the physical techniques employed
  • Music genre, category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language"
  • Cascading Style Sheets, in web design
  • Style guide and literary genre, in writing
  • Stylistics (linguistics), in Linguistics: Variation in the language use of an individual, such as formal/informal style.

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