a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.
verb (used with object), manicured, manicuring.
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), manicured, manicuring.
to give a manicure.

1875–80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care

unmanicured, adjective Unabridged
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manicure (ˈmænɪˌkjʊə)
1.  care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
2.  another word for manicurist
3.  to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
4.  (tr) to trim neatly
[C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care]

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Word Origin & History

1880, "one who professionally treats hands and fingernails," from Fr. manicure, lit. "the care of the hands," from L. manus "hand" (see manual) + cura "care." Meaning "treatment and care of the hands and fingernails" is attested from 1887. The verb is from 1889. Related: Manicured.
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Example sentences
Her last tweet asked for help in getting a manicure while in hospital.
But now the same people who didn't think ornamentals were worth ruining your
  manicure for have discovered edibles.
Sitting at adjacent manicure stations, the pair seemed giddy over the idea of
  late-night beauty treatments.
Unwillingly to let the marriage die so easily, the manicurist gives a manicure
  to a gangster who is supposed to be dead.
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