adjective, chic·er, chic·est.
- chic sale,
- chicago board of trade,
- chicago fire
Origin of chic
Examples from the Web for chic
After the drabness of the 1950s, her clothes were chic and slightly transgressive, but not haute couture.
Where Gossip Girl was polished and chic, NYC Prep was awkward and forced.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’|Amy Zimmerman|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We assume French ladies are supposed to be chic and elegant.Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s First Female Mayor, Isn’t a Fashionista…and That’s Quite All Right|Erin Cunningham|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ever since upending New Mexico as a 14-seed last year, Harvard has been a chic pick to repeat the feat this time around.
Do you want your clothes to be chic, but still comfortable and practical?
Now it is the chic thing to adapt oneself to the depressing conditions, to be frugal and inconspicuous like soldiers.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
She was dressed in a natty little cotton frock, looked fresh and chic, and only pleasantly American.Golden Stories|Various
She was very charming, my friend Hortense, but she troubled about nothing that was not chic.My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
Lady Kirkbank had to explain that chien as applied to a gown or bonnet was the same thing as chic, only a little more so.Phantom Fortune, A Novel|M. E. Braddon
The Duchess Paul looked very pretty and chic, and was most amiable.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
Word Origin for chic
1856, as a noun, "style, artistic skill," from French chic, 19c. in "stylishness" sense, originally "subtlety" (16c.), of unknown origin, perhaps [Klein] related to German Schick "tact, skill," from Middle Low German schikken "arrange appropriately," or Middle High German schicken "to arrange, set in order;" or from French chicane, from chicanerie (see chicanery). The adjectival meaning "stylish" is from 1879 in English, "Not so used in F[rench]." [OED].