physique

noun
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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The revealing swimsuit showed off Kardashian's incredible physique, and left nothing to the imagination. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears Two Steamy Swimsuit Looks in One Day," 7 July 2018 During high school, the big man from the Bahamas turned heads for his young, Shaq-like physique but maintained relative anonymity. Paul Coro, latimes.com, "Potential No. 1 draft pick Deandre Ayton says he and Devin Booker could be "Shaq and Kobe 2.0" for Phoenix Suns," 18 June 2018 Solidly built, with a tree-trunk physique and wispy brown hair fading to gray, Register was viewed by community leaders as a reformer. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 And Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard saved his physique for the finale, ripping his sweaty Summerfest tank top in half, Hulk Hogan style, and tossing it into the crowd. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2018 recap: The best and worst moments from the world's largest music festival," 9 July 2018 Unlike past editions, when Aly Raisman, Vince Wilfork, and Rob Gronkowski graced the special issue with their championship physiques, there are no Boston athletes this time around. Mark Dunphy, BostonGlobe.com, "ESPN’s Body Issue includes Adam Rippon, a former UConn star, and a 63-year-old golf legend," 25 June 2018 Here, a look back at all the iconic women who've honed their sultry physiques through the years, from Brigitte Bardot to Kate Upton. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Most Sensational Hourglass Bodies of All Time: Raquel Welch, Jessica Rabbit, and More," 22 June 2018 Kimball, sporting a towel over his shoulder, looks more proud of his physique, and less interested in actually forging a relationship with Kufrin. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "One Way To Become The Villain On The Bachelorette: Show Up In Your Underwear," 3 June 2018 Few in the game could rock a pair of baseball sunglasses like Ichiro could, and his uniforms always looked exceptionally tailored to his lean physique. Ted Berg, For The Win, "9 things Ichiro Suzuki did better than anyone," 3 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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physique

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body

physique

noun
phy·sique | \ fə-ˈzēk \

Kids Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body

physique

noun
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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