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

Campaign Jonathan Van Ness Is Writing A New Memoir While his go-to manicurist, Mei Kawajiri, often paints miniature cartoon donuts and sushi rolls onto his fingers now, his first-ever manicure — which took place 25 years ago — was much simpler. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Why Jonathan Van Ness Wants More Men To Wear Nail Polish," 8 June 2019 But in true Rih form, her manicure manages to be both flawless and on-trend. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Jade Manicure Is a New Take on the Marble Nail Trend," 10 May 2019 As for her manicure, Beckham went for another seasonal shade, doing a softer pastel pink—because red and pink together is always a striking duo. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Has Found the Ultimate Way to Showcase a Pedicure," 9 May 2019 The lip kit entrepreneur also shared a photo of her brand new manicure, ready for Weekend 1 of Coachella. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Second Coachella Look Is See-Through, Sparkly, & So Tight," 14 Apr. 2019 This Pepsi Super Bowl manicure isn't the first time the two have worked together on attention-grabbing and expensive nail art. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Wore Hundreds of Swarovski Crystals on Her Nails for Her Super Bowl Commercial," 4 Feb. 2019 Chipping a perfectly good manicure is one of life’s most annoying frustrations. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 And the extravagant manicure isn’t the first design inspired by the Kylie Cosmetics mogul that Nail Sunny has fashioned. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "The First Photo of Kylie Jenner's Daughter Stormi Inspired a Manicure - and It's a Must-See," 20 Feb. 2018 But as of today, my job just got a little easier, thanks to Regi, an online booking platform that allows users to book (and, by proxy, recommend) all sorts of treatments (i.e. manicures, massages, facials, and Botox) — all in one place. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Meet Regi, Allergan's New On-Demand Service That Makes Booking Your Botox Even Easier," 9 Apr. 2019

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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