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

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

Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018 The room itself feels something like beatnik-chic, draped in lavish vintage touches that feel lux but not unapproachable. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago," 18 Oct. 2017 The crowd is weekend chic, with button-downs and skinny jeans. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch & Breakfast Places in Seattle," 21 May 2018 Connie Wang is casual chic in this denim-on-denim look (one that's suddenly chic again after Ralph Lauren's denim-heavy spring collection). Tamu Mcpherson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Street Style: New York Fashion Week, Feb. 11," 12 Feb. 2010 Though, for those not wanting to go full sister-wife chic, Hay has also created tops and skirts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Batsheva and MatchesFashion.com Throw a Frock-Filled Cocktail Party at Primo’s," 8 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The actress has been making the rounds on talk shows and at premieres, looking chic in pieces from Valentino, Prada, and Christopher John Rogers. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Tessa Thompson Found Her Power Color on the Creed II Tour," 30 Nov. 2018 And in typical Ouai fashion, the bottles are chic as hell. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Ouai Founder Jen Atkin Tells Allure All About the Brand's New Fragrance Line," 6 Nov. 2018 The model has been setting trends and looking chic throughout her entire career. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore Camo Pants and a Crop Top," 13 Oct. 2018 Lady Kitty Spencer, who gained more attention after looking insanely chic at the royal wedding, is no stranger to the Dolce & Gabbana runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Kitty Spencer, Carla Bruni, Maye Musk & More Walked Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2019 Runway," 24 Sep. 2018 Gigi and Bella Hadid also attended the games looking super chic in off-the-shoulder tops to support Serena Williams, who was completely robbed yesterday during her match against Naomi Osaka. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meryl Streep's Intense U.S. Open Reactions Inevitably Turn Into Hilarious Memes," 10 Sep. 2018 Summer's hottest designer accessories — from bags to baubles — are chic as shell. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "4 Shelly Accessories for Summer Beach Trips," 12 July 2018 His meticulous mid-century structured dresses, gowns, and jackets are breathtakingly chic. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a great time for a summer sojourn to Montreal," 21 June 2018 After her meeting, Kardashian West stopped by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s house in Washington, D.C.’s chic Kalorama Heights neighborhood, where the three were pictured by the Daily Mail smiling in front of a bay window. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian West Stopped by Jared and Ivanka’s House," 31 May 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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