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 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 All new Star Wars stories have a technology problem, struggling to incorporate the real-world advances of our past four computerized decades into a galaxy built on retro-wartime radar chic. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Mandalorian wants to be your family-friendly ultraviolent Star Wars," 12 Nov. 2019 In the wrong hands, the scarves would look dowdy, but Durran paired them with unexpected pieces—preppy plaid skirts, long crimson capes, jaunty newsboy caps—that gives them an oddball chic. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How Jacqueline Durran, the “Little Women” Costume Designer, Remixes Styles and Eras," 13 Jan. 2020 Warm, soft fabrics that would allow for the optimal comfort paired with the effortless chic of a matching set. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "What I Screenshot This Week: The Tale Of The Fire Knit Two-Piece Set," 8 Nov. 2019 Today, the former eyesores are pillars of farm chic. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Waco, Tex., needed fixing. Luckily, Chip and Joanna Gaines had the tools.," 6 Dec. 2019 From the menu to the aesthetic — which is a cozy slice of hodge-podge Bohemian chic featuring a central bar and lounge-esque, sectioned-off areas — Gadabout casts a wide net. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "First Look: Try street food from around the world at new Andersonville restaurant," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From boho-chic to western wear, these kids know how to dress. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area readers share adorable photos of their kid fashionistas," 13 Mar. 2020 Tory Burch, the fashion icon who launched a preppy-chic lifestyle brand in 2004 that now tops $1.5 billion in sales, is on a mission: to advance women empowerment and entrepreneurship by shattering stereotypes and creating new norms. NBC News, "Tory Burch: 'I got my fair share of patronizing pats on the back when starting out'," 5 Mar. 2020 Hawke, meanwhile, subtly matched his mother’s very chic outfit in a plaid, shearling-collar bomber jacket overtop a navy sweater and black tailored trousers. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Uma Thurman and Her Son Stole the Show at Dior Couture in Paris," 20 Jan. 2020 Meghan was absolutely glowing while wearing a chic, monochromatic outfit complete with a deep cocoa turtleneck sweater, a matching brown, sleek midi slip skirt paired with a Reiss camel wool coat, and satin, . Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wraps Up in a Chic Camel Coat for Her Return to the Public Eye," 7 Jan. 2020 Gomez's Rare promotional tour has included plenty more chic outfits—and even a few steals. Halie Lesavag, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Wore Two Chic Winter Outfits to Promote ‘Rare’," 15 Dec. 2019 Set against a plain white backdrop, North West and her cousins (from left) Penelope, Mason and Reign Disick got their moment in the spotlight, wearing coordinating chic black outfits. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "The Kardashians' Very Merry Christmas Cards Through the Years," 13 Dec. 2019 In a bright, industrial-chic workshop at this New York museum, adults and kids 4 and older can try glass blowing, etching and fusing. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "Forget souvenir shopping; these destinations let you craft your own meaningful memento," 18 Oct. 2019 With its industrial-chic look and down-tempo vibe, Bar 35 has become something akin to Chinatown’s home bar. James Charisma, Los Angeles Times, "Five great places for pizza in Honolulu when you want a piece of the pie," 10 Oct. 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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chic. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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