adjective, chic·er, chic·est.

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

1855–60; < French < German Schick skill
Related formschic·ly, adverbchic·ness, nounsu·per·chic, adjectiveul·tra·chic, adjective
Can be confusedchic chick

Synonyms for chic

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for chicest

Contemporary Examples of chicest

  • Tina Brown: Who do you think today is the chicest man in the world?

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    Tom Ford Unzipped: Interview Transcript

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    December 12, 2009

  • Later, when Tom Ford described him as the “chicest man on the planet”, he had little choice but to adopt that as his look.

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    Karzai’s Paranoid World

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    November 18, 2009

  • From the chicest sandals to the most useful summer gadgets, The Daily Beast has got you covered.

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    The New Beach Essentials

    Katharine Zarrella, Elizabeth Gates

    June 4, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for chicest



(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
Derived Formschicly, adverb

Word Origin for chic

C19: from French, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for chicest


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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