Chicness

chic

[sheek]
adjective, chicer, chicest.
1.
attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.
noun
2.
style and elegance, especially in dress: Paris clothes have such chic.
3.
stylishness; modishness: the chic of the firstnighters.
4.
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:
1855–60; < French < German Schick skill

chicly, adverb
chicness, noun
superchic, adjective
ultrachic, adjective

chic, chick.


1. smart, elegant, modish.


The spelling pronunciation [chik] is considered nonstandard except when used facetiously.
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chic (ʃiːk, ʃɪk)
 
adj
1.  (esp of fashionable clothes, women, etc) stylish or elegant
 
n
2.  stylishness, esp in dress; modishness; fashionable good taste
3.  any of various fashion movements based on a particular lifestyle: radical chic; geek chic
 
[C19: from French, of uncertain origin]
 
'chicly
 
adv

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chic
1856, from Fr., originally "subtlety," perhaps related to Ger. schick "tact, skill," from M.L.G. schikken "arrange appropriately;" or from Fr. chicane, from chicanerie (see chicanery).
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