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[man-i-kyoo r] /ˈmæn ɪˌkyʊər/
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.
Origin of manicure
1875-80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
Related forms
unmanicured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manicure
  • 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.
  • Judd looks too dainty to throw herself into anything more reckless than a manicure.
  • The salon employees said the eight or so customers in the store overturned manicure tables and chairs in their rush to get out.
  • She has no free time again, but once in a while she manages to meet her old girlfriends for a manicure.
  • At another dealer, owners can get a manicure while waiting for their cars to be serviced.
  • manicure and/or pedicure implements are not visibly clean.
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
(transitive) to trim neatly
Word Origin
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for manicure



To care for meticulously •The standard sense ''care of the hands and fingernails'' is found by 1889: Dutch farmers' constant manicuring of the land has driven out numerous native plant and animal species/ the manicured playing fields of international finance (1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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