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 Meanwhile, dip powder manicures can be extremely unsanitary. Marie Claire, "Why Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Is Worth It," 26 Nov. 2019 Emphasizing that a manicure is a statement of self-expression no matter your gender, the rapper’s new beauty signature marks a telling shift in the culture of beauty. Vogue, "From David Bowie to A$AP Rocky, the Famous Men Who Have Made Nail Art Their Beauty Signature," 15 Nov. 2019 Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash," 14 Oct. 2019 Maybe it’s stress making your hair a little wispy, or hard-to-remove gel manicures shredding your nails. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Biotin's Potential Health Benefits and Side Effects," 23 Sep. 2019 Lovato sported a black polka dot dress with a sweetheart neckline, which accentuated the fake bump, and paired the look with a black manicure and gold hoop earrings. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato Shows Off Faux Baby Bump as She Films Will and Grace," 21 Nov. 2019 Some of the really big ones have aesthetician rooms for manicures and Botox. chicagotribune.com, "She feeds Bel-Air’s mega-mansion boom. But lunch is a battlefield," 13 Nov. 2019 Here are 9 of the best nail polishes for making your manicure and holiday season festive and bright. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Of The Best Polishes For Decking Out Your Nails This Holiday Season," 5 Nov. 2019 Salons were fined for not meeting sanitary requirements, such as sterilizing manicure and pedicure implements after each use; properly labeling products and cleaning whirlpool foot spas. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nail salons fined in 2019 for unsanitary conditions, licensing violations," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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Time Traveler for manicure

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The first known use of manicure was in 1877

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Manicure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manicured. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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manicure

noun
How to pronounce manicure (audio)

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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