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 One unexpected benefit of being forced to wait months during the pandemic before getting a manicure? Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago salons see spike in business — and the occasional ‘oops’ haircut — as people ditch pajamas for pedicures and blowouts," 29 Apr. 2021 Some critics of the government questioned how people were able to get a haircut or a manicure but not sit next to a vulnerable family member - especially if they, like the queen had been fully vaccinated ahead of an important event. BostonGlobe.com, "Image of queen grieving alone prompts calls for Britain to revise COVID funeral restrictions," 19 Apr. 2021 Chrissy Teigen's son Miles Theodore is getting a manicure from his big sister! Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Chrissy Teigen's Daughter Luna, 4, Paint Little Brother Miles' Nails in Adorable Video," 7 Apr. 2021 Items needed include specialty soaps and lotions, chocolates and other sweet treats, nail polish and manicure sets, decorative night lights, slippers, and any other items to make mothers feel special. cleveland, "Mrs. Scott is bringing sweet treats to North Ridgeville: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 20 Mar. 2021 Our regular beauty splurges — a day at the spa, fresh hair color, a regular manicure and pedicure — weren't possible, but even so, beauty was still very much a part of our lives. Allure Editors, Allure, "The 26 Best Beauty Splurges of 2020," 15 Sep. 2020 As the name suggests, this patent polish will dry in a snap and also help streamline your manicure routine. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, "The Nontoxic Nail Polishes You Will Never Get Tired Of Wearing," 20 Apr. 2021 And staying true to her personal style, the beauty brand founder made the look her own with a candy apple-red manicure. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna's Retro Tracksuit, Trucker Hat, and Thong Heels Are Peak 2000s Glam," 14 Apr. 2021 On April 9, the reality star showed off her heart-cherry manicure, using her boyfriend's tattooed chest as a backdrop. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Has Her Name Permanently Tattooed on Travis Barker's Chest," 9 Apr. 2021 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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The first known use of manicure was in 1877

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“Manicure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manicure. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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