[ shi-keyn, chi- ]
/ ʃɪˈkeɪn, tʃɪ- /


deception; chicanery.

verb (used with object), chi·caned, chi·can·ing.

to trick by chicanery.
to quibble over; cavil at.

Origin of chicane

1665–75; < French chicane (noun), chicaner (v.), perhaps < Middle Low German schikken to arrange
Related formschi·can·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chicane

British Dictionary definitions for chicane


/ (ʃɪˈkeɪn) /


a bridge or whist hand without trumps
motor racing a short section of sharp narrow bends formed by barriers placed on a motor-racing circuit to provide an additional test of driving skill
a less common word for chicanery


(tr) to deceive or trick by chicanery
(tr) to quibble about; cavil over
(intr) to use tricks or chicanery
Derived Formschicaner, noun

Word Origin for chicane

C17: from French chicaner to quibble, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for chicane



in English in various senses, including "act of chicanery" (1670s), "obstacles on a roadway" (1955), also a term in bridge (1880s), apparently all ultimately from an archaic verb chicane "to trick" (1670s), from French chicane (16c.), from chicaner "to pettifog, quibble" (15c., see chicanery).

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