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  1. style and elegance, especially in dress: Paris clothes have such chic.
  2. stylishness; modishness: the chic of the firstnighters.
  3. 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
Related formschic·ly, adverbchic·ness, nounsu·per·chic, adjectiveul·tra·chic, adjective
Can be confusedchic chick

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Pronunciation note

The spelling pronunciation [chik] /tʃɪk/ is considered nonstandard except when used facetiously. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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 lifestyleradical chic; geek chic
Derived Formschicly, adverb

Word Origin for chic

C19: from French, of uncertain origin
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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].

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