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

Fall’s hard-hitting metallics bring cosmic cool down to the streets—and translate spaceman shimmer into sporty chic. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Rise and Shine: See the Best Metallic Looks for Fall," 25 Sep. 2018 In past seasons, an influx of overly complicated swimwear options have emerged–from prints to cut-outs, corseting to retro chic. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Simple Swim is In Again," 6 July 2017 The buildings themselves have a certain heavy metal chic. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Come on down to Norwood for . . . art and craft beer?," 6 Mar. 2018 Illustration: Matthew Cook Lucia Pica’s Red Puffer Chanel’s global creative makeup and color director on the unexpected chic of a $790 North Face down jacket. Rory Satran, WSJ, "10 Stylish Women on Essential Investment-Fashion Pieces," 27 Sep. 2018 Enter Redingote Equestrian, a line of chic, cut-for-a-woman coveralls designed by former professional rider Connie DeMaio and merchandising pro Allison Malenfant. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019 Winona Ryder’s abbreviated bangs and dewy coral lips in Edward Scissorhands make for a timeless dose of winter chic. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "12 Winter Beauty Ideas to Steal from Your Favorite Holiday Films," 24 Dec. 2018 But then H&dM’s sense of chic has always involved an element of the improbable. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her brood looked all grown up, dressing in dark and neutral colors to match with her chic coat dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Brought All Six of Her Kids to a Film Screening in NYC," 26 Feb. 2019 According to People, Meghan wore a chic dress by Oscar de la Renta under her black William Vintage coat, and polished off her look with olive green boots by Sarah Flint. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Meghan Markle Go Out of Her Way to Grab Prince Harry's Attention in This Adorable Clip," 1 Feb. 2019 Working with celebrity trainer Erin Oprea (who counts singers Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini as regular clients) to transform her garage into a very chic home gym. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, ""How A 'Property Brothers' Episode Changed My Life"," 12 Jan. 2019 The highlight of the afternoon was lunch at an artists’ cottage belonging to a family friend of Calmeyer’s—an effortlessly chic family-style spread (think shrimp rolls and vegetable-forward, Ottolenghi-style salads) by a local caterer. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 In recent years, however, as kids’ clothes have become sophisticated, mother-daughter dressing can skew more chic than cheesy. Michelle Ruiz, WSJ, "Mommy-and-Me Style: Cute or Creepy?," 17 July 2018 At the formal event, Meghan wore a chic 1950s-style navy dress from Dior, which drew comparisons to Audrey Hepburn. PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Is Doing Her Own Makeup Now and It's 'So Good,' Says Her Wedding Makeup Artist Pal," 12 July 2018 Her streak of classic, chic dresses continued with an appearance alongside Prince Harry at the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge Reception held at Marlborough House on Thursday (July 5). Halie Lesavage, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Bright Yellow Dress Seems to Be Inspired by the Queen's Colorful Wardrobe," 5 July 2018 Treat yourself to a seat at the chic bar and enjoy a cocktail from its extensive menu. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Get out on the town and explore the nightlife in Anchorage," 3 May 2018

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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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