chic

noun
\ ˈshēk How to pronounce chic (audio) \

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

Tis the season for cozy chic: cocoon coats; rich, opulent textures; and bohemian details that will keep you warm AND stylish. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 2018 Her shoulders jut out, her back is exposed — this is as naked as chic is allowed to be. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 But another important influence shows up in many of her projects: the cosmopolitan chic of New York. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Lynde Easterlin Blends Southern Tradition and City Chic," 1 Mar. 2018 Granny chic isn’t a complete stretch for the young runway walker. Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Revives a Granny Accessory," 24 Apr. 2019 Leave it to Gigi to put her own spin on the look with gold hoops and coordinating blue snakeskin stilettos, elevating the look from fashionably casual to superhero chic faster than Clark Kent turns into Superman. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wears Powder Blue Jumpsuit and Matching Cape at Variety's Power of Women Event," 6 Apr. 2019 Conjuring all-American bodaciousness or an elusive knack for preppy chic, these beauties are a natural match for the fluffy textures of a nubby cross-stitch or fisherman’s rib. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "14 Iconic Beauties Who Prove Why Great Hair and Good Sweaters are a Perfect Match," 22 Sep. 2018 And Wang's will bring instant dressmaker chic to one and all. Cynthia Kling, ELLE Decor, "Sleeping Beauty," 30 Sep. 2010 Practical chic for an evening out or a day chasing kids around the playground. Tanya Moskowitz, WSJ, "Art Director Tanya Moskowitz’s Gift Guide: In the Bag," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Always chic, put together, beautiful, soft-spoken and gentle, even when their own lives are falling apart. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Melania Trump is no Jackie O, but, yikes, who would want to be?," 15 June 2019 Get the recipe: Priya Krishna’s cookbook Indian-ish, documenting her journey of learning to make the distinct, hybridized cuisine of her chic, extremely skilled-in-the-kitchen mom, Ritu, is now out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Sneaky, Easy Trick to My Mom’s Perfect Aloo Gobi," 10 June 2019 Cyrus's glam was as rock 'n' roll-chic as her outfit. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Just Twinned in Monochromatic Looks at the Saint Laurent Show," 8 June 2019 The chic, speakeasy-style spot is tucked inside the trendy Hamburger Foundation, and offers up cool green-and-white interiors finished with tall, copper tabletops. Jharna Thakkar, National Geographic, "Geneva's hidden gems: the ultimate weekend itinerary," 30 May 2019 Having blurred the lines between sports and fashion ever since, the 37-year-old mother of one took to the 2019 French Open in another chic, sporting style statement. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Defied Catsuit Critics by Wearing a Cape and Co-ord at the French Open," 28 May 2019 Concrete Pros: Versatile, practical, chic, and modern when well designed, concrete is a surprisingly good deck material option. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Best Deck Material for Your House," 22 May 2019 Tony Duquette and Renzo Mongiardino both crafted highly theatrical rooms—often over the top but always chic, exuberant, and utterly transportive. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 The 3-year-old looked chic in a white dress with black, ankle sandals and cool, dark shades. PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Reveals Son Miles May Take His First Steps in Italy," 5 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce chic (audio) \

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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