chic

[ sheek ]
/ ʃik /

adjective, chic·er, chic·est.

attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.

noun

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

SYNONYMS FOR chic

Related forms

chic·ly, adverbchic·ness, nounsu·per·chic, adjectiveul·tra·chic, adjective

Can be confused

chic chick

Pronunciation note

The spelling pronunciation [chik] /tʃɪk/ is considered nonstandard except when used facetiously.
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British Dictionary definitions for chicly

chic

/ (ʃiːk, ʃɪk) /

adjective

(esp of fashionable clothes, women, etc) stylish or elegant

noun

stylishness, esp in dress; modishness; fashionable good taste
any of various fashion movements based on a particular lifestyleradical chic; geek chic

Derived Forms

chicly, adverb

Word Origin for chic

C19: from French, of uncertain origin
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