- attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.
- style and elegance, especially in dress: Paris clothes have such chic.
- stylishness; modishness: the chic of the firstnighters.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for chic
After the drabness of the 1950s, her clothes were chic and slightly transgressive, but not haute couture.Barbara Hulanicki, Queen of Fast Fashion
October 15, 2014
Where Gossip Girl was polished and chic, NYC Prep was awkward and forced.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
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
April 17, 2014
Ever since upending New Mexico as a 14-seed last year, Harvard has been a chic pick to repeat the feat this time around.March Madness: 5 Games to Watch
March 20, 2014
Do you want your clothes to be chic, but still comfortable and practical?Fashion Secrets of a ‘Real Housewife'
February 24, 2014
She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.Within the Law
She was very charming, my friend Hortense, but she troubled about nothing that was not chic.My Double Life
Dolly has a great many friends in Paris, and so has Dad, and so has Chic.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
It is not representation of nature at all, but pure formula and chic.
If it were chic to be devout, no doubt they would pass their life on their knees.
- (esp of fashionable clothes, women, etc) stylish or elegant
- stylishness, esp in dress; modishness; fashionable good taste
- any of various fashion movements based on a particular lifestyleradical chic; geek chic
Word Origin and History 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].