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

Some wear blue shoes, others go for a blue manicure or pedicure; a piece of jewelry with a blue gem is popular option, as is a blue ribbon tied around the bridal bouquet. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride's Blue Pen Exploded in Her Hair Days Before Her Wedding, and the Photos Are Dramatic," 18 Aug. 2018 Whether sporting a classic manicure or changing up her hair shade to something fun and edgy, the pop star isn't afraid to take risks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Ponytail Reportedly Increased the Sale of Hair Extensions in Australia," 14 Aug. 2018 Hair: Braydon Nelson, manicure: Betina Goldstein, both for L’Oréal Paris; makeup: Melanie Inglessis at Forward Artists; set design: BG Porter for Owl and the Elephant; production: 3 Star Productions. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 Her custom manicure design was by Paintbox in SoHo, and hair and make up by Belle DeVizia. New York Times, "A Near-Death Experience Led Them to the Altar," 22 June 2018 What a shame anyone would steal from these kids simply to enhance their lifestyle with the really important stuff like jewelry and manicures. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Fultondale PTA treasurer spent $10k in school funds on manicures, shopping, sheriff says," 22 Jan. 2018 Hair, Akki; makeup, Jeanine Lobell; manicure, Yuko Tsuchihashi. Reeves Wiedeman, WSJ, "The Beautiful Regularness of Lucas Hedges," 10 Jan. 2019 Your nail polish drying It’s as good a night as any to give yourself a manicure. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Skip Trump's Prime-Time Immigration Address With 7 These Other Things You Can Watch Instead," 8 Jan. 2019 More royal beauty news: Now check out 100 years of manicures: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Princess Eugenie Got Married in the Same $9 Essie Nail Polish Meghan Markle Wore for Her Wedding," 15 Oct. 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 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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