chi·​chi | \ˈshē-(ˌ)shē also ˈchē-(ˌ)chē \

Definition of chichi 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : frilly or elaborate ornamentation

3 : chic



Definition of chichi (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : elaborately ornamented : showy, frilly a chichi dress

2 : arty, precious chichi poetry

3 : chic, fashionable a chichi nightclub

Examples of chichi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are given adjoining rooms at the local chichi hotel and are seated together at the rehearsal dinner. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Destination Wedding’ Review: A Trip to Loathing," 30 Aug. 2018 The Love, the chichi Stephen Starr-Aimee Olexy newcomer at 18th and Sansom Streets, has started weekday lunch. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Arancini and tagliatelle at a corner bar?," 10 Jan. 2018 Scott didn’t appear to be in her beachfront home in the chichi Jupiter Island. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Martin County commissioners don’t appear at Stuart court arraignment | Miami Herald," 18 Dec. 2017 While a California Chardonnay from the Napa Valley might have cachet, winemaker Michael Faltz said his products are on par with those chichi West Coast varietals. Suzanne Baker,, "Wine production is a family affair at Fox Valley Winery in Oswego," 11 Aug. 2017 Alongside the usual tra-la-la and chichi of Fashion Week in Paris, a fair amount of blah-blah was heard about the potential merging of the sexes on runways and the end of a separate men’s wear season altogether. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Dior Homme Stays in Its Safe Space," 28 June 2017 Top on our list is Le Grand Pan, a neighborhood spot advertising cuisine sans chichis, a meat-lover’s paradise. Don And Petie Kladstrup, Smithsonian, "Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?," 9 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The pages inside the magazine are just as chichi as the cover, featuring an array of pieces from the Paris Couture collections, including conceptual designs from Marni, Loewe, Calvin Klein, and Emporio Armani. Emily Kirkpatrick,, "Lindsay Lohan Is Back and On the Cover of a Major Fashion Magazine," 26 Sep. 2017 Of course, there were clues: Michael kicked a puppy in the very second episode, and no self-respecting Elysium so closely resembles a chichi outdoor mall in Pasadena. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Good Place Is Still TV Heaven," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of chichi


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of chichi

: fashionable or showy especially in a way that is meant to impress people or to attract attention

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