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: smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner : style
wears her clothes with superb chic
: a distinctive mode of dress or manner associated with a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit
wearing the latest in urban chic
New Age chic
: 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


2 of 2


chicer; chicest
: cleverly stylish : smart
the woman who is chic adapts fashion to her own personalityElizabeth L. Post
: currently fashionable
a chic restaurant
chic boutiques
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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The calendar itself has a gorgeous blue and silver winter wonderland design, and the little cotton tea bags are both chic and eco-friendly. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 13 Nov. 2023 Located in the chic Le Marais neighborhood, a gathering point of intellectuals during the French Enlightenment period, Le Grand Mazarin (nightly rates from $739) is housed in three historic buildings at the corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 Nov. 2023 Book a stay at a chic hotel like the historic Hotel Monteleone, tasteful Peter & Paul, or glitzy Four Seasons. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 13 Nov. 2023 Biles looked chic in a white blazer and a black mini dress with black boots. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 Whitney and Asher have bet their whole, over-leveraged house of cards — shockingly, the economics of chic designer homes in an under-resourced area don’t quite pencil out — on their show’s success, but Dougie, too, needs a win. Alison Herman, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 For the multitasker Part of the new black-denim line from Coach, this chic bag is also crazy practical. Sarah Grossbart,, 9 Nov. 2023 As usual, Ashley looked incredibly chic in her off-duty look yesterday. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2023 Tracee Ellis Ross Wears Harbison Studio And Brandon Maxwell Fashion icon Tracee Ellis Ross, known for her daring yet chic personal style, showcased a merge of Harbison Studio and Brandon Maxwell for her spread in the Travel + Leisure, styled by duo Dani + Emma. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History





probably from attributive use of chic entry 1

First Known Use


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chic was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Chic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: fashionable style


2 of 2 adjective
chicer; chicest
: stylish, smart
chic clothes

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