[ ped-i-kyoo r ]
/ ˈpɛd ɪˌkyʊər /


professional care and treatment of the feet, as removal of corns and trimming of toenails.
a single treatment of the feet.
a podiatrist.

Origin of pedicure

From the French word pédicure, dating back to 1835–45. See pedi-, cure
Related formsped·i·cur·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pedicure


/ (ˈpɛdɪˌkjʊə) /


professional treatment of the feet, either by a medical expert or a cosmetician

Word Origin for pedicure

C19: via French from Latin pēs foot + curāre to care for
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Word Origin and History for pedicure



1839, "one whose business is surgical care of feet" (removal of corns, bunions, etc.), from French pédicure, from Latin pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)) + curare "to care for," from cura (see care). In reference to the treatment itself, attested from 1890; specifically as a beauty treatment, from 1900.

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