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

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 Winona Ryder’s abbreviated bangs and dewy coral lips in Edward Scissorhands make for a timeless dose of winter chic. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "12 Winter Beauty Ideas to Steal from Your Favorite Holiday Films," 24 Dec. 2018 But then H&dM’s sense of chic has always involved an element of the improbable. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Looking even more chic on the red carpet, Shayk wore a black suit without a shirt underneath. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper Slay in Matching Suits at the BAFTAs 2019," 10 Feb. 2019 The Duchess looked chic in a tuxedo-style black dress for that event. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Gown By Roland Mouret to a Charity Performance of Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall," 16 Jan. 2019 Grungy and Totally '90s Adding a turtleneck is the easiest way to make anything in your closet look chic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 The White and Black Speckle paper, for instance, would look totally chic behind your vanity. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Chasing Paper Collection At Crate & Barrel Is Perfect For Children And Hipsters Alike," 18 Dec. 2018 This pretty board book is as chic as Los Angeles itself, complete with palm trees and taco trucks and a healthy does of style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Original art deco-style homes now mix with six-story chic apartment buildings. Berenice Bautista, The Seattle Times, "Mexico City neighborhood celebrates “Roma” nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 More details from the wedding: Miley got married in a flowy Vivienne Westwood dress that's perfect for her funky-yet-chic aesthetic. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus Confirm It: They Totally Got Married," 27 Dec. 2018 This look is just the latest in a series of ultra-chic outfits the former FLOTUS has worn on her country-wide book tour. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Just Won 2018 in These Sparkling Thigh-High Balenciaga Boots," 20 Dec. 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 and Adjective

French

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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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