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

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

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 images are by her husband, Oddur Thorrison, who also photographed her previous two cookbooks, A Kitchen in France, and French Country Cooking, with a loving eye and discerning taste for farmhouse chic, Bordeaux-style. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Mimi Thorisson’s exhilarating ‘Old World Italian’ cookbook celebrates recipes and secrets from family travels in Italy," 19 Feb. 2021 In the new location, everything — from the projections of travel footage on an empty wall to the curved rattan hangers in the treatment rooms — is very island chic. Flora Tsapovsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area's spas and salons take a sleek and chic approach to self-care," 6 Feb. 2021 Like costuming for architecture, float houses take on all forms, from the chic to the funky. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "‘Mardi Gras For All Y'All’ online extravaganza to focus on the float house phenom," 3 Feb. 2021 Four years of hard-core branding, soap opera chic and designer trolling are coming to an end. New York Times, "A Farewell to the Trump Aesthetic," 16 Jan. 2021 Despite being thrust in the franchise that gave the world Serena van der Woodsen’s and Blair Waldorf’s spin on preppy, Lind is more about Parisian chic. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Saint Laurent Goes Virtual With Gossip Girl’s Newest Star," 15 Dec. 2020 The slips that will take us into the new year offer comfort and chic, which just might be the mantra of the 2020s. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Slip Dressing From the 1930s, 1990s, and Today," 29 Nov. 2020 In the campaign portrait, Johnson sits alongside the brand's founder, Éva Goicochea, wearing a charcoal strapless dress, a chic (and seasonal) complement to her longer and much darker waves. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Dakota Johnson Ditches Her Signature Highlights For A Rich Winter Hair Color," 17 Nov. 2020 Gourmet and chic, this collection of signature chocolates is a statement-maker that will impress even the most stylish friend or family member. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "18 of the sweetest treats to send your loved ones for the holidays," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Gigi showed off the baby's super chic nursery, as well as her little section of Gigi's own room. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Gigi Hadid Just Shared So Many New Shots of Baby Khai on Instagram," 22 Feb. 2021 In the sneak peek, RaeLynn joins the duo on stage for the song, looking chic in an oversized white denim coat and white leather boots. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Georgia Line to Celebrate New Album with iHeartMedia Virtual Event — Get the First Look!," 18 Feb. 2021 Emily, looking impossibly chic outside a real, bonafide café where people are actually eating croissants, gets a text from Doug, her brozo boyfriend back in Chicago. Zak Jason, Wired, "TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK," 16 Feb. 2021 Very elegant, very chic, very neat, always beautifully dressed. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "‘I would be nothing without you’: Remembering Sandra Scully, the wind beneath Vin’s wings," 5 Jan. 2021 As per usual, Holmes and Vitolo seemed to be extremely loved-up during the New York outing, and the Dawson's Creek icon looked seriously chic, too. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Rocks Red Tartan Pants and Chunky Black Boots on Her 42nd Birthday," 19 Dec. 2020 An elegant woman who wore her hair in a chic bob, Earla took enormous pride in her appearance. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "‘I’m losing the battle with COVID:’ Stratford woman uses social media to chronicle her harrowing final days," 14 Dec. 2020 Vanessa Hudgens just transformed her hair with a short, sideswept, super chic bob, bidding farewell to her trademark lengths. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Vanessa Hudgens Transformed Her Hair With a Super Chic Bob," 13 Nov. 2020 Make that empty corner of your living room a little more chic with this comfortable and modern CANVAS Baillie Accent Chair for $249.99, a saving of $100. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Find scorching deals in Canadian Tire’s Hot Sale," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of chic

Noun

1851, 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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2 Mar 2021

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“Chic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chic. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce chic (audio) \

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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