[man-i-kyoo r]


a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.

verb (used with object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.

to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
to trim or cut meticulously: to manicure a lawn.

verb (used without object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.

to give a manicure.

Origin of manicure

1875–80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
Related formsun·man·i·cured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for manicure

beautify, polish, shape, cut, clip

Examples from the Web for manicure

Contemporary Examples of manicure

Historical Examples of manicure

  • The girls say that I can shampoo and manicure as well as a professional.


    Eliot H. Robinson

  • But the manicure lady was of a temperament needing no prompting.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • I wondered what kind of tool-grinder they used for a manicure.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • My friend in the manicure came and told me about hers when I was lying in the hospital.

  • She had stopped before her dressing-table and was toying with her manicure things.


    Susan Glaspell

British Dictionary definitions for manicure



care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
another word for manicurist


to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
(tr) to trim neatly

Word Origin for manicure

C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care
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Word Origin and History for manicure

1873, "one who professionally treats hands and fingernails," from French manicure, literally "the care of the hands," from Latin manus "hand" (see manual) + cura "care" (see cure). Meaning "treatment and care of the hands and fingernails" is attested from 1887.


1889, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper