- a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.
- a manicurist.
- to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
- to trim or cut meticulously: to manicure a lawn.
- to give a manicure.
Origin of manicure
1875–80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
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- 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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1889, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.
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