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[man-i-kyoo r-ist] /ˈmæn ɪˌkyʊər ɪst/
a person who gives manicures.
Origin of manicurist
First recorded in 1885-90; manicure + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for manicurist
Contemporary Examples
  • The manicurist had just finished administering the polish to Michelle when there was a knock on the door, and there he was!

    D.C. Diary Tina Brown January 17, 2009
Historical Examples
  • Her hands were beautiful because they paid a manicurist to keep them so, but she was too righteous to powder her nose.

    Living Alone Stella Benson
  • Her manicurist and her hairdresser will eat up as much as you pay for your board.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • One day my manicurist came into the room to do my hands, and my sister asked her to enter quietly, because I was still asleep.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • There was the address of a manicurist, a programme of the Empire.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • I know a woman—I knew a woman who used to declare that her sole repose during the Season was the half-hour with the manicurist.

    The Gay Lord Quex Arthur W. Pinero
  • This touched my professional pride as manicurist and lady's-maid.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • The manicurist was a lithe, tall girl, with a small young, wicked face; and meekly demure.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • How can the barber support the manicurist who has had twelve?

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • A cloud of light skirmishers followed after; and over every cushion and seat and polished surface plied their manicurist skill.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
British Dictionary definitions for manicurist


a person who gives manicures, esp as a profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for manicurist

1884, from manicure (n.) after its sense shifted + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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