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

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This provocative juxtaposition was readily evident in the video; its viral spread was assisted by the fact that Orliński’s good looks—an athletic physique, a square jaw, abundant curls, and striking blue eyes—are as uncommonly pleasing as his voice. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Countertenor’s Pop-Star Appeal," 15 July 2019 But despite Charnas’s postpartum physique, Seyfried's regram of her friend's comments is a firsthand example of the hypocrisy within the body positive movement. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Sorry Amanda Seyfried, Your Message to Arielle Charnas Isn’t Body Positive—It’s Hateful," 11 July 2019 Which 2018 rookie has made the biggest physique change? Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers minicamp mailbag: Can Deebo Samuel catch 80 passes?," 12 June 2019 But throughout her three-decade-long career, Berry has worked hard to maintain her robust Bond Girl hall-of-fame physique. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Halle Berry Proves That Jaw-Dropping Legs Have No Age Limit," 8 May 2019 The Rock’s beefy physique or the shoes’ solid design at a low price point (or both!) is unclear. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Can Sell The People Anything—Even Sneakers," 30 June 2018 Shields stresses that her toned physique is due to an active lifestyle instead of trendy diets — and her routine includes lots of cycling classes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Brooke Shields Looks Incredible in Swimsuits for All's Latest Campaign," 22 May 2018 Doumbouya's length, activity and physique leap off the screen in the highlight reels from his season playing professionally in France. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 Doumbouya’s length, activity and physique leap off the screen in the highlight reels from his season playing professionally in France. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 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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physique

noun

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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