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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company’s casual-chic aesthetic helped America define its own design vernacular, one that didn’t involve copying what was trending in Paris. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 In a new Instagram post, the actress shared a photo of herself looking Serena van der Woodsen levels of chic at last week's Chanel Métiers d'Arts fashion show at the Met museum. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Just Pulled a Total 'Gossip Girl' in Her Latest Instagram Post," 9 Dec. 2018 The good news is that despite the resurgence of Marxist chic among young people in the U.S., people seeking the wealth that American youngsters can take for granted already know that Marxism doesn’t work. James Freeman, WSJ, "Capitalism: Still Working," 15 Nov. 2018 But these ceramic FireBalls are an entirely higher level of chic. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "FireBalls Are The Modern Chic Way To Upgrade Your Gas Fireplace This Winter," 9 Nov. 2018 Markle completed the casual-chic look with a plaid trench by Karen Walker and a pair of her signature Sarah Flint pumps. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore a $60 ASOS Maternity Dress for Her Latest Royal Tour Stop," 28 Oct. 2018 Make every day Throwback Thursday in retro-chic accessories. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Retro accessories for your road trip or summer picnic," 16 July 2018 Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both attended Queen Elizabeth II's pre-Christmas lunch on Wednesday, December 19, looking as chic as ever. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen's Christmas Lunch," 19 Dec. 2018 The Lemonade singer was also spotted doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at Target last year, looking equally chic in high-waisted track pants, a tight black top, and a leather backpack. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Beyoncé Continues to Love Target," 26 Mar. 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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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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