chichi

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noun

chi·​chi ˈshē-(ˌ)shē How to pronounce chichi (audio)
 also  ˈchē-(ˌ)chē
1
: frilly or elaborate ornamentation
2
3
: chic

chichi

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adjective

1
: elaborately ornamented : showy, frilly
a chichi dress
2
: arty, precious
chichi poetry
3
: chic, fashionable
a chichi nightclub

Examples of chichi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This part of Colorado is really chichi and fancy, with lots of great restaurants and amazing natural beauty. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Cameo was burning $5 million a month on its staff, travel, parties at the Cameo House, and expensive takeout for stars from chichi spots like Sugarfish and Jon & Vinny’s. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Alongside the usual tra-la-la and chichi of Fashion Week in Paris, a fair amount of blah-blah was heard about the potential merging of the sexes on runways and the end of a separate men’s wear season altogether. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 28 June 2017
Adjective
But finding that perfect chichi pullover can be a mission. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 9 Dec. 2019 Revelers from across the country and abroad were parading through Berlin on Saturday from chichi Kurfuerstendamm street in the west to the city’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. Washington Post, 27 July 2019 Yet, everyday cooks don’t need to read a lactic science paper to understand how to make chichi butter choices. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, 21 June 2019 The pages inside the magazine are just as chichi as the cover, featuring an array of pieces from the Paris Couture collections, including conceptual designs from Marni, Loewe, Calvin Klein, and Emporio Armani. Emily Kirkpatrick, PEOPLE.com, 26 Sep. 2017 Of course, there were clues: Michael kicked a puppy in the very second episode, and no self-respecting Elysium so closely resembles a chichi outdoor mall in Pasadena. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French

First Known Use

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chichi was in 1897

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“Chichi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chichi. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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