phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk \

Definition of physique

: the form or structure of a person's body : bodily makeup

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Examples of physique in a Sentence

she had a well-toned physique

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Serena Williams flaunted her post-pregnancy physique during her first-round matchup at the French Open on Tuesday, wearing a black Nike catsuit on the clay court. Nihal Kolur,, "Serena Williams Wears Catsuit to Honor Mothers Who Had Tough Pregnancies," 29 May 2018 Kardashian West often flaunts her physique in body-skimming dresses, but this approach felt fresh and inspired for spring. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Says Scuba Pants Are the New Leggings," 1 May 2018 But today on Snapchat, the new mom showed off her bare stomach and flaunted her post-baby physique in new videos. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Post-Baby Body on Snapchat," 1 Mar. 2018 Aimee and John, who are parents to Sebastian, nine, and Zoey, seven, believe George is on the path to a slimmer physique. Patricia Murphy, Fox News, "Fat cat uses underwater treadmill to lose weight," 21 Sep. 2018 Jill Larson and her remarkably malleable physique dominate this movie much the same way Toni Collette owned 2018’s best horror film. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 As Johnson twirled around the reality TV star studs, Amabile successfully ripped off his tank to reveal his very fit physique, while Kimball couldn't quite get his shirt off. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Joe Amabile's 'Dancing With the Stars' Guest Jordan Kimball Suffered Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 16 Oct. 2018 This is a suit stripped to its purest form, designed to drape elegantly and naturally against your physique while giving you the least possible sweat-inducing layers. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Affordable Suit For Your Non-Stop Summer Schedule," 29 June 2018 For the big event, Kardashian wore a liquid chainmail dress, perfectly sculpted to her hourglass physique with two cross embellishments. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Channels Donatella Versace for the Met Afterparty," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of physique

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for physique

French, from physique physical, bodily, from Latin physicus of nature, from Greek physikos

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The first known use of physique was in 1804

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English Language Learners Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body


phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk \

Kids Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body


phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk \

Medical Definition of physique

: the form or structure of a person's body : bodily makeup a muscular physique

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