- 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
Related Wordsexclusive, swank, modern, elegant, trendy, stylish, mod, current, sharp, chichi, smart, clean, dapper, dashing, modish, natty, dap, faddish, voguish
- (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 chicer
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].