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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Together, their series of cocktail parties, private art tours and pop-up shopping events is a movable feast of summertime chic. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 For day five of the eight-day trip, the Duchess of Cambridge looked business chic in a white and orange ensemble while meeting with Jamaica's Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, in the country's capital of Kingston. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2022 Comfort chic is the best way to describe the look brought to us by the actor, who plays Penelope Featherington in the series. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 23 Mar. 2022 Statement coats, cut to swing, in lamé brocades or faux leopard, channel the chic of Grace Kelly or Sophia Loren, but in classic shapes that can go from subway to school pick-up. Vogue, 1 Mar. 2022 If contemporary industrial chic is more your thing, Tayēr + Elementary, across town on East London's Old Street, specializes in bottled cocktails and is No. 2 on the annual World's 50 Best Bars list. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 11 Dec. 2021 The combination can produce results that verge on the chic, as at Urban Outfitters’ headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 14 Oct. 2021 The interior, meanwhile, appears to be the epitome of Scandi chic, with simple, uncluttered furnishings, a subtle monochromatic palette and a ton of light wood throughout. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Every era since has had its own Francophone heroines, with current-day pinnacles of chic like Caroline de Maigret and Jeanne Damas parlaying their je ne sais quoi into everything from coffee-table books to beauty lines. Véronique Hyland, refinery29.com, 13 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One day after Kate Middleton stepped out in a chic navy and white Michael Kors coat dress, the Duchess opted for an all-blue look again. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 May 2022 Tweens and teens can buddy up at Edge and Vibe, respectively, two chic hangouts with activities curated specifically for them. Brie Schwartz, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 Steinem, who had giant glasses and a chic blond bob, laughed warmly and told the audience that she was often asked this question. New York Times, 10 May 2022 It’s unglamorous work, even if her resulting sculptural cakes are destined for chic clients like Marc Jacobs and, soon, the Noguchi Museum. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 10 May 2022 The chic coffee tables are Sedgwick & Brattle by Thom Filicia. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 10 May 2022 Midcentury architect Cliff May designed the ranch, which mixes chic, modern design with luxury amenities, including a Dolby movie theater, game room, marble bar and walk-in refrigerator. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Say goodbye to your mother's fanny pack with new chic styles made from leather, water-resistant materials and canvas. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 The painting then remained in the artist’s possession and out of public sight until it was bought, in 1927, as a chic bibelot for a swanky members-only social club in London. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 See More

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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

French

Adjective

probably from attributive use of chic entry 1

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“Chic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chic. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for chic

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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