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

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If Hernandez makes the quad, his tall lean physique will be a counterpoint to his fellow cheerleaders. Doug Maccash,, "Did male dancer Jesse make the Saintsations squad? We still don't know," 26 Apr. 2018 Bafounta certainly outstrips his teammates considerably with his physique, and looks more than ready to make the step up to first team football., "Everton & Inter Reportedly Lead Race to Ligue 1 Wonderkid Dubbed the 'Next Paul Pogba'," 19 Apr. 2018 That said, the former Bond girl no doubt still draws attention for her incredible physique and good looks. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Jane Seymour Does to Make 67 Look 47," 23 Feb. 2018 Cactus juice: First baseman Eric Thames, listed at 6-feet, 210 pounds, is known for his body-builder physique. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Camp report: Hanging out with WWE superstar Braun Strowman at Monday Night Raw," 20 Feb. 2018 Others divulge the secrets to their elite physiques. Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit, "All of the Quirky Food Facts We Learned About Team USA's Winter Olympians," 6 Feb. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Kids Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body


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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