The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fashion \Fash"ion\, n. [OE. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, F.
facon, orig., a making, fr. L. factio a making, fr. facere to
make. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Faction.]
1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape,
appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the
fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar,
etc.; workmanship; execution.
The fashion of his countenance was altered. --Luke
I do not like the fashion of your garments. --Shak.
2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom
or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior,
etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual
among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing,
ride, etc., in the fashion.
The innocent diversions in fashion. --Locke.
As now existing, fashion is a form of social
regulation analogous to constitutional government as
a form of political regulation. --H. Spencer.
3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position;
good breeding; as, men of fashion.
4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort;
way. "After his sour fashion." --Shak.
After a fashion, to a certain extent; of a sort; sort of.
Fashion piece (Naut.), one of the timbers which terminate
the transom, and define the shape of the stern.
Fashion plate, a pictorial design showing the prevailing
style or a new style of dress.