manicure

noun
man·​i·​cure | \ˈma-nə-ˌkyu̇r \

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

Beauty procedures are relatively more benign treatments like manicures and, yes, blowouts. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018 The pop-up’s opening event had all the requisite Malibu and L.A. fashionista flourishes such as a DJ spinning tunes in the courtyard, mini manicures, quick massages and a fitness class. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Cynthia Rowley brings swimwear, 'casual, cool' fashion offerings to spring/summer outpost in Malibu," 21 June 2018 Rival department store chain Nordstrom last year opened a similar concept store, called Nordstrom Local, in Los Angeles, which offers manicures, alterations and personal styling - but no merchandise. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Can yoga classes help revive Macy's?," 3 May 2018 Set design, Heath Mattioli; hair, Lorenzo Martin; makeup, Mark Carrasquillo; manicure, Miwa Kobayashi. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Convert You," 4 Dec. 2018 In photographs, Millie posed with a bright blue manicure. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Matched Her Blue Manicure to Her Eyeshadow," 20 Nov. 2018 Hair: Vernon Francois at The Visionaries Agency; makeup: Jessica Smalls at The Wall Group; prop stylist: Carl Hopgood at Celestine Agency; manicure: Sreynin Peng; production: JN Production. Sean Knight, Glamour, "Janelle Monáe Knows She Has Your Attention. Get Ready for What's Next.," 5 Nov. 2018 The Girls Night Out group does fun activities, ranging from having manicures to playing sports. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 According to InStyle, Rihanna has been known to make requests for a tube of the magical stuff before manicures. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Why Rihanna Loves Weleda’s $12 Skin Food Moisturizer," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 At that time, a man manicuring his chest was something to be resoundingly mocked. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Hairless Chests Abound on Reality TV, But Do Real Men Wax?," 13 Aug. 2018 Rather than play by the neutral-toned rules, Middleton has been known to ditch polish entirely for every day, keeping her nails manicured, yet bare. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wears Pink Nail Polish to Public Royal Outing," 17 July 2018 The people who wash, tidy up and manicure the ballpark can do only so much, however. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spiffy, subsidized ballpark is outperforming another bad Padres club," 30 Apr. 2018 Idyllic weather helped the project along, as community groups, families, and individual residents picked up trash, manicured the shrubbery in Veterans Memorial Park in Jewett City, and hauled waste to the town transfer station. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Crews Clean Up Streets, Parks For Earth Day," 2 May 2018 This was arguably the state's nicest field for two decades in the '80s and '90s with legendary coach Jerry Dawson painstakingly manicuring the field on his riding mower. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Obert's top Arizona high school baseball fields," 26 Mar. 2018 We were required to have nails manicured with light or clear polish. Anonymous, Cosmopolitan, "What It's Really Like to Be an NFL Cheerleader," 20 Nov. 2015 Your lawn gets manicured more often than your nails. Danielle Norcross, Town & Country, "19 Ways You Know You Live In Palm Beach, Florida," 2 Apr. 2015

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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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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 \

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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