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

Conjuring all-American bodaciousness or an elusive knack for preppy chic, these beauties are a natural match for the fluffy textures of a nubby cross-stitch or fisherman’s rib. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "14 Iconic Beauties Who Prove Why Great Hair and Good Sweaters are a Perfect Match," 22 Sep. 2018 And Wang's will bring instant dressmaker chic to one and all. Cynthia Kling, ELLE Decor, "Sleeping Beauty," 30 Sep. 2010 Practical chic for an evening out or a day chasing kids around the playground. Tanya Moskowitz, WSJ, "Art Director Tanya Moskowitz’s Gift Guide: In the Bag," 18 Dec. 2018 Fall’s hard-hitting metallics bring cosmic cool down to the streets—and translate spaceman shimmer into sporty chic. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Rise and Shine: See the Best Metallic Looks for Fall," 25 Sep. 2018 In past seasons, an influx of overly complicated swimwear options have emerged–from prints to cut-outs, corseting to retro chic. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Simple Swim is In Again," 6 July 2017 The buildings themselves have a certain heavy metal chic. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Come on down to Norwood for . . . art and craft beer?," 6 Mar. 2018 Illustration: Matthew Cook Lucia Pica’s Red Puffer Chanel’s global creative makeup and color director on the unexpected chic of a $790 North Face down jacket. Rory Satran, WSJ, "10 Stylish Women on Essential Investment-Fashion Pieces," 27 Sep. 2018 Enter Redingote Equestrian, a line of chic, cut-for-a-woman coveralls designed by former professional rider Connie DeMaio and merchandising pro Allison Malenfant. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Currently, there are eight nursery themes to choose from: woodland, boho chic, modern gray, modern boy or girl, classic boy or girl, and classic gender neutral. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Walmart's New Baby Registry Actually Works," 4 Apr. 2019 Looking chic in matching pastel outfits, Beyoncé and Jay Z mingled with celebrity guests like Kevin Hart, Diddy, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Usher at the event, per E! Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Just Stepped Out in the Prettiest Pastel Balmain Dress," 10 Feb. 2019 That is certainly the case for Hotel Le Sereno, the chic, upscale hideaway nestled on Grand Cul-de-Sac, a turquoise lagoon that also happens to be a protected nature reserve. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Le Sereno St. Barts," 1 Feb. 2019 This isn’t the first time that Blake has paired two similar styles together for one powerful ensemble; back in August, the 31-year-old chose to rock two velvet blazers, layered on top of one another for a uniquely chic vibe. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Sequined Dress and Matching Thigh-High Boots at Chanel Métiers d'Art Show," 9 Dec. 2018 The signing of Salt & Straw underscores the center’s suburban-chic vibe, designed to bring together premium retailers, trendy eateries and modern fitness concepts for the discerning beach city dweller. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salt & Straw to open second San Diego scoop shop at One Paseo," 3 July 2018 La Belle Vie: The store’s shabby chic vibe is reminiscent of a Paris flea market. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 For shopping, Nomad Chic has bedding and blankets, in addition to boho-chic beachwear. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 Her casual but chic midi dress came from Hatch, an American maternity brand seen on the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Johansson. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This $20 Meghan Markle Look-Alike Dress Has Over 1,000 Rave Reviews," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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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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