chic

noun
\ ˈshēk How to pronounce chic (audio) \

Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner : style wears her clothes with superb chic
2 : a distinctive mode of dress or manner associated with a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit wearing the latest in urban chic New Age chic
3 : a faddishly popular quality or appeal also : something (such as a practice or interest) having such appeal the transient tides of academic chic— Irving Kristol
chicer; chicest

Definition of chic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : cleverly stylish : smart the woman who is chic adapts fashion to her own personality— Elizabeth L. Post
2 : currently fashionable a chic restaurant chic boutiques

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Other Words from chic

Adjective

chicly adverb
chicness noun

Examples of chic in a Sentence

Noun It's the height of chic this year. mockumentaries are the latest filmmaking chic Adjective The café has a chic new look. a chic new hairstyle that makes her look very sophisticated
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At MJ’s, an airy bistro with a vibe that blends Victorian grandma and Fort Lauderdale patio-chic, there are several Fruktstereo cider options on the menu, all listed along with the sparkling wines, not with the beer, as is typical for ciders. Washington Post, "Fresh, local and unpretentious: A Swedish city with a stirring culinary scene," 31 Jan. 2020 So how does Evans, 38, feel about becoming a sudden symbol for post-war chic? BostonGlobe.com, "the film “Knives Out”," 6 Dec. 2019 All new Star Wars stories have a technology problem, struggling to incorporate the real-world advances of our past four computerized decades into a galaxy built on retro-wartime radar chic. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Mandalorian wants to be your family-friendly ultraviolent Star Wars," 12 Nov. 2019 In the wrong hands, the scarves would look dowdy, but Durran paired them with unexpected pieces—preppy plaid skirts, long crimson capes, jaunty newsboy caps—that gives them an oddball chic. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How Jacqueline Durran, the “Little Women” Costume Designer, Remixes Styles and Eras," 13 Jan. 2020 Warm, soft fabrics that would allow for the optimal comfort paired with the effortless chic of a matching set. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "What I Screenshot This Week: The Tale Of The Fire Knit Two-Piece Set," 8 Nov. 2019 Today, the former eyesores are pillars of farm chic. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Waco, Tex., needed fixing. Luckily, Chip and Joanna Gaines had the tools.," 6 Dec. 2019 From the menu to the aesthetic — which is a cozy slice of hodge-podge Bohemian chic featuring a central bar and lounge-esque, sectioned-off areas — Gadabout casts a wide net. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "First Look: Try street food from around the world at new Andersonville restaurant," 4 Oct. 2019 Pastis ratified the transformation of the neighborhood from industrial to industrial chic. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "At the Rebooted Pastis, Stick with the Classics," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hold that rancid iteration of Cow Hollow up against the current one — polished, chic, a whiff of elitism in the air — and the waves of change that have reshaped San Francisco over and over come crashing to your feet. Nick Eilerson, SFChronicle.com, "Shake Shack signals change in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2020 Our advice is to skip the candy hearts and go for a jumbo coffee table candle in the chic, and decidedly non-cheesy, scent of Rose Water Meringue. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Bath & Body Works Just Dropped 41 New Valentine’s Day Products," 21 Jan. 2020 In a pinch, your casual Friday with flair can also take a simple shell or work T-shirt and a longer, multi-layered necklace and statement belt to keep it chic, understated, and ready to flex. NBC News, "8 key items to have in your closet so you can do casual Fridays with flair," 14 Jan. 2020 While some called the Seussian decorations unique and chic, others were left comparing the decorations to tampons and cotton balls. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "The Internet Has Thoughts About Kim Kardashian's Christmas Wrapping Paper," 21 Dec. 2019 Femme, chic, totally Millie's style. the best evening with the best people. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown’s Ruffled Pink Dress is a Nod to Her Most Iconic “Stranger Things” Outfit," 4 Dec. 2019 Stylists have the ability to elevate an entertainers look from cute to chic, instantly increasing their cool points. Maiya Carmichael, Essence, "These Black Stylists Are Dressing Your Favorite Celebs," 3 Oct. 2019 Cold goat cheese is flavored with perennially chic, pantry-stable sundried tomatoes, along with caramelized garlic and briny capers. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Recipes for when it’s too hot to cook," 4 Sep. 2019 Walking down an uneven hill in heels while juggling a picnic basket and parasol — and trying to look chic — is no easy task. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy on finally seeing the titular Schitt's Creek," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chic

Noun

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chic

Noun and Adjective

French

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chic. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for chic

chic

noun
How to pronounce chic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fashionable style

English Language Learners Definition of chic (Entry 2 of 2)

: following the current fashion or style : fashionable and appealing

chic

noun
\ ˈshēk How to pronounce chic (audio) \

Kids Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fashionable style
chicer; chicest

Kids Definition of chic (Entry 2 of 2)

: stylish, fashionable chic clothes

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