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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Tess Holiday has clapped back at Piers Morgan after the British TV host publicly body shammed the model for Size 20 physique. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Tess Holiday claps back at Piers Morgan for body shamming comment: 'You've been obsessed with me'," 21 Sep. 2018 In the up-close-and-personal photos, Shepherd can be seen checking out Kardashian's amazing physique in the skimpy swimsuit, before sitting alongside her. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Just Wore the Sexiest Metallic Swimsuit," 25 Aug. 2018 Humanity hasn’t changed all that much in terms of physique and mentality. Sean Illing, Vox, "Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century," 18 Oct. 2018 When someone shared a draft of the suit Gustin will wear in the new season, fans were quick to comment that not only did the suit look bad, but the naturally thin actor didn’t have the physique to properly play the comic book hero. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'The Flash' star Grant Gustin fires back at body shamers after Season 5 super suit leaks online," 9 Aug. 2018 The extra carbs haven’t taken a toll on Crews’ robust physique yet, however. Claire Wolters,, "Terry Crews participates in a cheesy promotion at Firefly Music Festival this weekend," 18 June 2018 The pageant includes 50-70 leather titleholders (who have won prequalifying rounds) from all over the world and features a physique round, which is analogous to the swimsuit round at Miss Universe. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘You Have to Be Girl-Power Tough’: Pageant Competitors Weigh In on Miss America," 8 June 2018 With her undeniably buoyant approach and a scene-stealing physique that offered proof of diligence, Ross looked every inch the Anderson devotee—though her bound and voluminous onyx curls were every inch her own. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross Has a Better Body Than Most 20 Year Olds—And This Workout is Why," 27 June 2018 Maybe the immense playmaking load Young had to carry finally took its toll on a lithe physique that has supposedly added 11 pounds since the end of the season. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Projecting point guard Trae Young isn't easy. But NBA teams seem to be overthinking it.," 13 June 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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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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