chichi

noun
chi·​chi | \ ˈshē-(ˌ)shē How to pronounce chichi (audio) also ˈchē-(ˌ)chē \

Definition of chichi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : frilly or elaborate ornamentation
3 : chic

chichi

adjective

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 Robbie Amell stars as Nathan, a tech bro in 2033 whose consciousness is uploaded to a chichi but bizarre afterlife. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 9 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But finding that perfect chichi pullover can be a mission. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 9 Dec. 2019 Revelers from across the country and abroad were parading through Berlin on Saturday from chichi Kurfuerstendamm street in the west to the city’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. Washington Post, 27 July 2019 Yet, everyday cooks don’t need to read a lactic science paper to understand how to make chichi butter choices. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, 21 June 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, 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, 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of chichi

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chichi

Noun

French

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“Chichi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chichi. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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chichi

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chichi

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

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