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adjective,chic·er, chic·est.
  1. attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.

  1. style and elegance, especially in dress: Paris clothes have such chic.

  2. stylishness; modishness: the chic of the firstnighters.

  1. casual and understated style, as in dress or décor, that expresses a specified trendy lifestyle or activity: Black-rimmed glasses bring some geek chic to your outfit.

Origin of chic

1855–60; <French <German Schick skill

pronunciation note For chic

The spelling pronunciation [chik] /tʃɪk/ is considered nonstandard except when used facetiously.

Other words for chic

Other words from chic

  • chicly, adverb
  • chicness, noun
  • su·per·chic, adjective
  • ul·tra·chic, adjective

Words that may be confused with chic

Words Nearby chic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chic in a sentence

  • Now his colouring is chic, capricious, and coquettish, now it is that of the most delicate faded Gobelin tapestry.

  • He was a nice smart looking young gentleman, and he had with him a lady, well dressed and very chic.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • This makes his manner serious and masculine—rescues it from the thinness of tricks and the coquetries of chic.

    Picture and Text | Henry James
  • He was a practical young fellow, and if he wanted a mansion, without which no artist is chic, he meant it to bring him an income.

    The Immortal | Alphonse Daudet
  • I loathe the ‘last chic, the little indefinable touches that give a toilet,’ and so forth!

    The Squirrel-Cage | Dorothy Canfield

British Dictionary definitions for chic


/ (ʃiːk, ʃɪk) /

  1. (esp of fashionable clothes, women, etc) stylish or elegant

  1. stylishness, esp in dress; modishness; fashionable good taste

  2. any of various fashion movements based on a particular lifestyle: radical chic; geek chic

Origin of chic

C19: from French, of uncertain origin

Derived forms of chic

  • chicly, adverb

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