physique

noun
phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Maryland coach Mark Turgeon even joked that the 6-10, 225-pound sophomore forward’s nickname should reflect his new physique. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Three takeaways from No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball’s 95-71 win over Holy Cross," 6 Nov. 2019 There is a lot of hype around Greenwood, with many thinking the 18-year-old has the potential to be one of the best strikers in Europe in the coming years due to his excellent finishing ability and his physique. SI.com, "The Manchester United XI That Should Start Against Partizan," 23 Oct. 2019 His physique is sometimes regarded as a riddle of nature. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 Not that there is much room up the former bodybuilder’s sleeve: his rippling physique sometimes strains the buttons of his shirt. The Economist, "Airbnb and Uber are chalk and cheese," 10 Oct. 2019 While runners with diverse body types have succeeded at different distances through training, Semenya would presumably need to try to change her physique and add significant endurance to contend in longer races. New York Times, "Ruling Leaves Caster Semenya With Few Good Options," 31 July 2019 Finally, FKA Twigs otherworldly pole skills continued to dazzle, with the neo-R&B singer sporting intricate cornrows while her shining, sinewy physique spun and contorted. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Aweng Chuol, Margot Robbie, and More," 26 May 2019 With a rippling 255-pound physique, Alzado was also the paragon of fitness in the league. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Rivas hopes to achieve a sharper jawline and a more androgynous physique without overtly masculine features like facial hair. NBC News, "Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones," 13 July 2019

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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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physique

noun
How to pronounce physique (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body

physique

noun
phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Kids Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body

physique

noun
phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Medical Definition of physique

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

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