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manicure

[man-i-kyoo r] /ˈmæn ɪˌkyʊər/
noun
1.
a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.
2.
verb (used with object), manicured, manicuring.
3.
to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
4.
to trim or cut meticulously:
to manicure a lawn.
verb (used without object), manicured, manicuring.
5.
to give a manicure.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
Related forms
unmanicured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for manicures'

manicure

/ˈmænɪˌkjʊə/
noun
1.
care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
2.
another word for manicurist
verb
3.
to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
4.
(transitive) to trim neatly
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care
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Word Origin and History for manicures'

manicure

n.

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.

v.

1889, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.

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Slang definitions & phrases for manicures'

manicure

verb

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+)


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