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 Working from home with a three-year-old and a one-year-old just doesn’t allow for the type of me time that includes anything more than the bare necessities (no masking, manicures, or bread baking for me). Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "Garnier Whole Blends Moisturizing Almond Milk Shampoo and Conditioner Has Inspired Me To Love My Air-Dried Hair Again," 19 Apr. 2020 Dior’s Vibes is a soft verdant green that, when fully dried, offers a faint saccharine scent long after the manicure. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 Spring Nail Polish Colors to Brighten Your At-Home Beauty Routine," 19 Mar. 2020 Then: first bright-red manicure, first chipped nail, first note taped to the door saying don’t come in. Cecily Parks, The New Yorker, "December," 10 Feb. 2020 The new acrylic manicure comes courtesy of Modern Pamper Salon in North Hollywood, People reports. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Just Got a Stormi-Inspired Manicure," 18 Apr. 2018 This manicure from @altbeaurt22 is proof that candy-egg designs look great on short nails, too. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Easter Egg Nail Art Is Still Trending, and It's Wildly Easy to Copy at Home," 15 Apr. 2020 Gel manicures, Kylie Jenner-esque length, nail art, and healthy cuticles are all within reach. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Give Yourself the Best Manicure At Home With These Expert Tips," 3 Apr. 2020 A'Lelia Walker, daughter of Madame C. J. Walker, gets a manicure at one of her mother's beauty shops, circa 1920. Candacy Taylor, Time, "The Remarkable Black Businesswomen Who Found Success in Segregated America," 7 Jan. 2020 The woman, who chose only to be identified as Bethany, visited a Greensboro, NC salon to get a dip powder manicure on October 17, according to WFMY News 2. Leah Groth, Health.com, "This Woman's Dip Powder Manicure Resulted in an Infection—Here's How That Can Happen," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Confined to their homes, folk are manicuring their hedges and lavishing attention on their vegetable patches. The Economist, "Life under lockdown A nation of gardeners," 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, "Sunderland ‘Til I Die is TV’s Best Show about Failure," 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, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home Quickly — Without Totally Ruining Your Nails," 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, "Australia's indigenous people have a solution for the country's bushfires. And it's been around for 50,000 years," 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, 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

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manicure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manicure. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for manicure

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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