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chic (elegance)

Definition:

elegance by virtue of being fashionable

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

chics

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

jauntiness

Etymology:

1855, from French chic, from German schick ("elegance, tact, style, skill"),...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of chic...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

chicness

the condition of being stylish or elegant (7 of 238 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chicness

American Heritage Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative] | chicly [adverb, related] | chicness [noun, related]

Conforming to the current fashion; stylish | Adopting or setting current fashions and styles; sophisticated | The quality or state of being stylish; ... (21 of 71 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chic

Oxford Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative] | chicly [derived] | chicness [derived]

elegantly and stylishly fashionable | stylishness and elegance, typically of a specified kind (12 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chic

New World Dictionary:

chicness

the condition of being chic (5 of 7 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chicness

Wiktionary:

chicness

The state of being chic (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chicness

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stylish | stylishly [adverb, related] | stylishness [noun, uncountable, related]

showing good judgment about how to look attractive and fashionable | attractive, or well arranged (14 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stylish

Cambridge Dictionary:

stylish [approving] | stylishly [adverb, approving, derived] | stylishness [noun, approving, derived]

of a high quality in appearance, design or behaviour (9 of 31 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stylish

Merriam-Webster:

chic [entry 1, noun] | style [synonym, sense-specific] | buzz [synonym, sense-specific] | fad [synonym, sense-specific] | craze [synonym, sense-specific] | dernier cri [synonym, sense-specific] | enthusiasm [synonym, sense-specific] | fashion [synonym, sense-specific] | flavor [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner; "style" | a distinctive mode of dress or manner associated with a fashionable ... (21 of 160 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chic

chic [entry 2, adjective] | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative] | smart [synonym, sense-specific] | à la mode [synonym, sense-specific] | au courant [synonym, sense-specific] | stylish [synonym, sense-specific] | cool [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | exclusive [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

cleverly stylish; "smart" | currently fashionable (5 of 182 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chic show=1

Wikipedia:

Chic [disambiguation]

may refer to: Chic (style), meaning "stylish" or "smart", an element of fashion List of chics | Chic Young (1901 - 1973), the cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Blondie. | Chic (band), an American music group popular in the disco era Chic... (42 of 159 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Chic

Random House Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

attractive and fashionable; stylish. | style and elegance, especially in dress. | stylishness; modishness. (12 of 35 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chic

Encarta Dictionary:

modish | modishly [adverb, derived] | modishness [noun, derived]

in or conforming to the latest fashions or styles, especially those considered fads (13 of 25 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630734​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

chic | chics [plural]

Origin: 1855, from French chic, from German schick ("elegance, tact, style, skill"), from Middle High German schicken ("to outfit oneself, fit in, arrange appropriately"), causative of Middle High German geschehen, geschēn ("to... (31 of 64 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chic

chichi

Origin: French chichi

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chichi

chicness

Origin: chic + -ness

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chicness

-ness

Origin: Middle English, from Old English -nis, -nes ("-ness"), from Proto-Germanic *-nassuz ("-ness"), alteration (by false division) of -n- (adjective and verbal terminating consonant) + Proto-Germanic *-assuz ("-ness")... (27 of 45 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ness

Online Etymology:

chic

First use: 1856

Origin: French chic, 19th century in "stylishness" sense, originally "subtlety" (16th century), perhaps related to German Schick "tact, skill", ... (19 of 42 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=chic

chichi

First use: 1908

Origin: "extremely chic, sophisticated", also "pretentious fussiness", from French chichi "airs, fuss".

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American Heritage Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

Origin: French, probably from German Schick, skill, fitness, elegance, from Middle High German (sich) schicken, to outfit (oneself), fit in.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chic

chichi | chichier [comparative] | chichiest [superlative]

Origin: French.

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New World Dictionary:

chic

Origin: French, originally, subtlety from Middle Low German schick, order, skill or Middle High German schicken, behavior, arrangement

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chichi

Origin: French

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Oxford Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: French, probably from German Schick "skill"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chic

chichi [entry 1]

First use: early 20th century

Origin: (in the sense "showiness or pretentious object"): from French, of imitative origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chichi

chichi [entry 2]

First use: late 20th century

Origin: military slang, of Japanese origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/chichi--2

Collins Dictionary:

chic

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French, of uncertain origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chic

chichi

First use: 20th century | 18th century

Origin: from French | perhaps from Hindi chhī-chhī, literally: dirt, or perhaps imitative of their supposed singsong speech

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chichi

Merriam-Webster:

chic [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1856

Origin: French

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chic

chichi [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1908

Origin: French

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chichi

Encarta Dictionary:

chic

Origin: Old English frencisc from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596635​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

chic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "chic"

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chichi

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/chic

chic [uncountable, noun]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/chic

chic [uncountable, noun]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

chic

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "chic"

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chic

chichi [informal, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "chichi"

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the Free Dictionary:

chic

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "chic"

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chichi

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "chichi"

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chicness

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chicness"

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Google Dictionary:

chic | chicer [comparative] | chicest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "chic"

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chichi | chichis [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

chic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chic"

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chichi

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YourDictionary Audio:

chic

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chichi

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chicness

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