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


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 On recent day, her grandmother told Gonzales to get rid of her manicure because her long nails were slowing down her sewing. Megan Taros,, 15 May 2022 Tom Bachik, her go-to nail artist, posted her newest manicure on Instagram on May 10, and Jenny from the Block is definitely giving us simple elegance with these nails. Addison Aloian, Allure, 11 May 2022 With her gilded manicure, glittering paillettes, and figure-hugging gown Lee delivered pure drama. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 3 May 2022 In the second photo, Jenner showed off her flawless manicure and her assortment of eye-catching jewelry, including a few chunky rings and an intricate statement piece. Olivia Jakiel,, 31 Mar. 2022 Fox's glam was also extremely Euphoria-esque, with bright-orange eye shadow matching her neon manicure. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Jan. 2022 This manicure might actually be our new all-time favorite of hers. Addison Aloian, Allure, 3 May 2022 This cult shade first caught my attention at the 2019 Met Gala, where on the arm of Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles wore a Gothic manicure punctuated by a few tactful turquoise accent nails. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 Hair by Issac Poleon and manicure by Simone Cummings, both at CLM Agency; makeup by Porsche Poon; set design by Joanna Goodman; produced by Yasser Abubeker. ELLE, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lipa arrived with a new (and rather shiny) manicure update on December 14. Sara Miranda, Allure, 15 Dec. 2021 Coi Leray took the Skittles manicure approach to her take on a French. Devon Abelman, Allure, 27 June 2021 Take some time to prune your trees, trim your shrubs and manicure your lawn. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 18 May 2021 Confined to their homes, folk are manicuring their hedges and lavishing attention on their vegetable patches. The Economist, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 31 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of manicure


1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manicure


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

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“Manicure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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


manicured; manicuring

Kids Definition of manicure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a beauty treatment to the hands and fingernails

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