manicure

noun
man·​i·​cure | \ ˈma-nə-ˌkyu̇r How to pronounce manicure (audio) \

Definition of manicure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a treatment for the care of the hands and fingernails

manicure

verb
manicured; manicuring

Definition of manicure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to do manicure work on especially : to trim and polish the fingernails of
2a : to trim closely and evenly manicured lawns
b : groom sense 2 manicured flower beds

Examples of manicure in a Sentence

Noun She gets a manicure every week or so. Verb She spends her weekends working in her garden and manicuring her lawn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This storage unit comes with four adjustable laminates for custom sizing as well as 2 lipstick boxes which can be reappropriated to store manicure tools. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Nail polish organizers to keep your collection in check," 20 Jan. 2021 For a peek ahead at what's coming in terms of breakout designs, scroll ahead and find your favourite manicure to try in the new year. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The 5 Biggest Nail Trends We’re Tracking In 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 With an eye for intricate details and enough dramatic glam to fill a lifetime, Yasuda's manicure skills are legendary in Hollywood circles. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "24 Hours with Nail Artist Naomi Yasuda," 21 Jan. 2021 Get a professional-looking manicure with this UV nail lamp and dryer. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in Canada," 29 Nov. 2020 The pop star further accessorized the look with chunky gold earrings, multiple textured rings, and an avant-garde three-dimensional manicure. Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Wears Head-to-Toe Balmain in Behind-the-Scenes Snaps from Brand's Virtual Runway Show," 13 Oct. 2020 Now, ahead of her 24th birthday on October 9, the model is repping an epic glow-in-the-dark manicure that's nothing short of magical. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Hadid Debuted the Coolest Glow-in-the-Dark French Manicure," 4 Oct. 2020 When salons first closed amid the pandemic earlier this year, many of us quickly became our own nail artists, picking up the file and mastering our manicure skills out of necessity. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Charli & Dixie D’Amelio Celebrate Their Unique Styles With A New Nail Launch," 4 Aug. 2020 Brown notes that the process is individual and goes deeper than getting your hair done or treating yourself to a manicure. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you skipped resolutions in 2021. Cut yourself some slack, experts say.," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Confined to their homes, folk are manicuring their hedges and lavishing attention on their vegetable patches. The Economist, "Life under lockdown A nation of gardeners," 2 May 2020 There was no one to block access, a true feat in the hermetic world of top-flight sports, where millions of dollars are spent manicuring the images of teams and athletes. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Sunderland ‘Til I Die is TV’s Best Show about Failure," 1 Apr. 2020 Applying just a little pressure, use your cuticle stick or manicuring brush to scrape away the the remaining polish. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home Quickly — Without Totally Ruining Your Nails," 30 Mar. 2020 Communities will need to properly manicure adjacent forests, landscape their own private property, and have effective house design and maintenance, Leonard said. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Australia's indigenous people have a solution for the country's bushfires. And it's been around for 50,000 years," 12 Jan. 2020 What one tries to do in that position is to manage and manicure everyone’s experience, to give them an individual experience. George Mccalman, SFChronicle.com, "‘A restaurant is a place of migration’: Q&A with Sebastian Craig of the Progress," 31 Oct. 2019 The new home is surrounded by sprawling green fields that were kept neatly manicured by the previous owner but are set to become beautiful pastures. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Szymanski: Can’t put a price on working together on common goals, helping make dreams come true," 19 Oct. 2019 The paved and manicured back garden looks suited to lounging and entertaining, but far out back an open area of grass is left natural, roughly big enough for a badminton game. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Birmingham home is a 'secluded haven' on unusual lot," 22 June 2019 Her skin is bare and dewy; her long, dark hair flows effortlessly over her shoulders, her nails freshly manicured in a glossy dove gray polish. Noor Brara, Vogue, "At the New York City Marathon, a Young Olympian Runs for Puerto Rico," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of manicure

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manicure

Noun

French, from Latin manus hand + French -icure (as in pédicure pedicure) — more at manual

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The first known use of manicure was in 1877

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24 Feb 2021

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“Manicure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manicure. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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manicure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manicure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a treatment to improve the appearance and health of the hands and fingernails

manicure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of manicure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a beauty treatment to (someone's hands and fingernails) : to give a manicure to (someone's hands and fingernails)
: to make (something, such as a lawn or a garden) look neat, smooth, and attractive

manicure

noun
man·​i·​cure | \ ˈma-nə-ˌkyu̇r How to pronounce manicure (audio) \

Kids Definition of manicure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a treatment for the care of the hands and fingernails

manicure

verb
manicured; manicuring

Kids Definition of manicure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a beauty treatment to the hands and fingernails

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