chic

noun
\ˈshēk \

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

chic

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for chic

Synonyms: Adjective

à la mode (also a la mode), cool [slang], exclusive, fashionable, happening, hip, in, modish, sharp, smart, snappy, stylish, supercool, swell, trendy, voguish

Antonyms: Adjective

dowdy, out, outmoded, styleless, unfashionable, unstylish

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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

The crowd is reliably diverse — with tables of women in hijab scarves one recent night happily munching through mezze beside some lithe young Fishtown daters in yoga chic and their manbuns pulled up tight. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Fishtown's Suraya is one of the most exciting new dining destinations of the year," 22 June 2018 The 400-seat space with an enormous patio facing downtown Houston, straddles the line between industrial chic and gastro-casual. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Poitin ready to charm its way into Houston foodie hearts," 10 May 2018 Sure, the spiky arms of Sputnik chandeliers telegraph midcentury chic. Maggie Hoffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can the new Beehive bar rekindle the old cocktail magic of Range?," 22 May 2018 Although Ad Astra now has dedicated classrooms and a chemistry lab at SpaceX, its start-up chic still includes whiteboard walls, a Mac laptop for every student, and food trucks for after-school sessions. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 Cropped curls and a cool dress (by Julien Dossena for Paco Rabanne) also defined Paz Vega’s world-class chic at the premiere of Paquita Salas. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 The cavernous space, which matched an industrial chic setting with local beer maker with fanatical followers, drew large crowds, many of them young parents with toddlers in tow. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trillium Roslindale location to close Sunday," 23 Mar. 2018 Lakshman Sagar glows with contemporary rustic chic: lights are made out of old milk cans, each cottage has a Nespresso machine, lavishly stocked fridge and a private pool. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 The premium retailers are characterized by Brian Lewis, One Paseo’s senior vice president of retail development, as beach-chic, reflecting the affluent coastal customer who will likely frequent or live in the community. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One Paseo nabs San Diego's second SoulCycle studio and other trendy boutiques," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All you new mommies and mamas-to-be are going to be so chic in your Good Mamas!! Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Reportedly Spent $4,000 on Baby Travel Items," 16 Apr. 2018 Il Cuore delle Cose has a small but lovely selection of plates, glasses, and cutlery with a tendency toward country chic in neutrals and pastels. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "50+ Secret Things to Do in Italy," 6 Feb. 2018 The latest installment stars Kim Kardashian West, Kris Jenner, and North West, lounging about in equestrian-chic outfits with, of course, Peekaboo bags. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Fendi's New Family-Focused Campaign Stars Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kris Jenner," 9 July 2018 Nashville has drawn national attention lately for such industrial-chic restaurants as Pinewood Social and Rolf and Daughters. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "How a Boston couple does Nashville," 27 June 2018 Especially enticing is the kitchen, which looks the most updated with industrial-chic pendant lighting, charming sage cabinetry and window trimmings, and, of course, stainless steel appliances. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "1820 farmhouse on 30 acres asks $1.5M," 27 June 2018 The new sailings come after a $120 million ship makeover that added deck-top water slides, a FlowRider surfing pool, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience and a restaurant by celeb chef Jamie Oliver as well as a retro-chic tiki bar. Editors, USA TODAY, "World Cup, N.C. transgender battle and more things you need to know Monday," 25 June 2018 The executive has led an ambitious store expansion plan, aiming to entice shoppers with larger locations featuring bohemian-chic housewares and apparel. Fortune, "Lululemon Is Looking For a New CEO Again. Here's Who Might Be on the Shortlist," 6 Apr. 2018 Comfy-chic style has officially infiltrated our closets, and iconic athletic wear brand Champion may be to thank. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Urban Outfitters Releases The New Champion x Harley Viera-Newton Collection," 27 Mar. 2018

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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

French

Adjective

see chic entry 1

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More Definitions for chic

chic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fashionable style

chic

adjective

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

: following the current fashion or style : fashionable and appealing

chic

noun
\ˈshēk \

Kids Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fashionable style

chic

adjective
chicer; chicest

Kids Definition of chic (Entry 2 of 2)

: stylish, fashionable chic clothes

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