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
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 From protecting their zen in Thailand to being Black girl chic in Paris, this mommy-and-me duo is too cute for words. Essence, "This Mother-Daughter Adventure Reminds Us That Moms Make Great Travel Buddies," 4 Oct. 2019 Today’s design aesthetic seems to be a perverse poverty chic. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The 2020 Honda Passport’s excellence shines through its benign demeanor (review)," 25 Jan. 2020 Compared to the Roy family homes, the Pierces’s Tern Haven is shabby chic: chintz, worn Chesterfield sofas, paisley bedspreads. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Let’s Talk About the Clothes on “Succession”," 6 Sep. 2019 The tachometer is the epitome of industrial chic, and its needle on the tach sweeps to its 7400-rpm redline with the grace of Ginger Rogers on the dance floor. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Gives Up Little to the Coupe," 11 Mar. 2020 Sure, the flare doesn’t quite have the full anachronistic sleazy-chic of the bell bottom, but a tinge of retro seediness goes a long way. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Mark Ronson Takes the Men’s Flare Leg out for a Spin," 1 Oct. 2019 With decor that's the very definition of industrial chic, this Texas bar totes a menu hovering around 70 drink options, many collected throughout history and around the world. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "38 of the world's best cocktail bars are coming to Phoenix. Here's why and what to expect," 10 Feb. 2020 At MJ’s, an airy bistro with a vibe that blends Victorian grandma and Fort Lauderdale patio-chic, there are several Fruktstereo cider options on the menu, all listed along with the sparkling wines, not with the beer, as is typical for ciders. Washington Post, "Fresh, local and unpretentious: A Swedish city with a stirring culinary scene," 31 Jan. 2020 So how does Evans, 38, feel about becoming a sudden symbol for post-war chic? BostonGlobe.com, "the film “Knives Out”," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Quarantine has us finding all types of ways to make our loungewear look as chic as possible and a stay at home look worth trying is a kaftan. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Chic Kaftan All Your Favorite Celebrities Are Wearing," 12 May 2020 Whatever the strategy, the products have to look chic. Kim Bhasin, Bloomberg.com, "Can Rats Be Chic? Fashion Labels Are Trying For Lunar New Year," 8 May 2020 The lofty price tag reflects a dramatic overhaul Disick oversaw during the past two years, turning the once-traditional interiors into chic modern farmhouse-style living spaces. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Scott Disick relists Hidden Hills farmhouse for $6.25 million," 14 Apr. 2020 This boutique in Norton Commons sells everything from chic styles for women to candles, jewelry, accessories, shoes and more. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Shop small: Here's how to support Louisville businesses during the coronavirus shutdown," 6 Apr. 2020 Restaurants with lots of plants also just look really chic. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Rethink Plant-Based Dining: These Restaurants and Bars Have Incredible Houseplants and Florals," 10 Mar. 2020 With Burk in an architectural, ecru jumpsuit, McCulloch's English tweed suit offset by a pearl necklace, and Hormaeche holding court in black lace Paco Rabanne duster, welcome wagons never looked so chic. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "'Best Dressed' Hall of Fame honoree Greggory Burk hosts 'girls night in' with Moda Operandi," 20 Feb. 2020 Coach, $350, select stores and coach.com Logo style has never looked more chic. WSJ, "Bucket Bags Go Beyond the Pail," 7 Feb. 2020 Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Spouses Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner looked chic in mismatched prints. Emily J. Sullivan, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Most Stylish Couples at the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chic

Noun

1851, 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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26 May 2020

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“Chic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chic. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for chic

chic

noun
How to pronounce chic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fashionable style

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
chicer; chicest

Kids Definition of chic (Entry 2 of 2)

: stylish, fashionable chic clothes

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