Definition of manicure in English:



  • A cosmetic treatment of the hands involving shaping and often painting of the nails, removal of the cuticles, and softening of the skin.

    ‘she never missed her weekly hairdo and manicure’
    • ‘For example, give yourself chemical-free manicures by filing and buffing your nails and grooming your cuticles without adding a coat of polish.’
    • ‘The bride-to-be and her friends get together at a spa to enjoy relaxing massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and other treatments.’
    • ‘So I was getting a manicure the other day and I happened to bump into one of my girlfriends.’
    • ‘Martine Dunand has been giving manicures and beauty treatments to women at the factory for the past three months.’
    • ‘The spas will give teenage girls a place to go for a day of pampering, including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and skin care classes.’
    • ‘We highly recommend this manicure for our gardening enthusiasts, although it's beneficial to everyone.’
    • ‘Choose from massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments.’
    • ‘Sarah, herself a qualified beautician will give some lucky lady a manicure and an eyebrow shaping.’
    • ‘If I'm not shooting some pool, I'm at the nail salon getting a manicure.’
    • ‘Debbie states that, for many professional men, waxing is an extension of regular treatments like manicures and massages.’
    • ‘As for the nail regime, I've never had a manicure in my life, unless you count pushing my cuticles back with the front door key.’
    • ‘If you rely on manicures to make your nails look good, keep a few things in mind.’
    • ‘There are a few other items that you may wish to use during your manicure, all of which are optional.’
    • ‘The shop specialises in manicures, pedicures and nail extensions, and technicians will design whatever style you want on your nails.’
    • ‘Nail salons offering manicures and pedicures are also quick and have the added benefit of improving your appearance.’
    • ‘Most of us lead busy lives and a manicure doesn't make the top of our ‘to-do’ lists.’
    • ‘Cintech offers nail technology services, which include manicures, pedicures, spa treatments and paraffin.’
    • ‘Most men started to show interest in manicures and pedicures when they accompanied their wives to nail salons.’
    • ‘But everyone can do a manicure at home, using supplies that you already have around the house.’
    • ‘Those wishing to pamper themselves can choose from a wide range of beauty treatments, from a manicure to a luxurious Cleopatra-style goat milk oil bath.’


[with object]
  • 1Give a manicure to.

    ‘she manicured Esther's fingernails’
    • ‘Her lips were slick with a pink gloss and her nails were manicured to match.’
    • ‘Rosario had somehow managed to manicure her nails.’
    • ‘She tapped her perfectly manicured fingernails on the granite tabletop impatiently.’
    • ‘I spent the first week and a half in pure heaven, at just being able to cut my nails like a normal human being and not having to polish or manicure them.’
    • ‘I was just about to speak when a carefully manicured hand landed on the desk in front of me.’
    • ‘Sophia came up to her, brushing her long manicured fingernails against her cheek.’
    • ‘He warms to his theme, running a handsomely manicured hand over his handsome face.’
    • ‘She screeched angrily and slapped me, her perfectly manicured nails cutting across my cheek.’
    • ‘She clasps a slender, perfectly manicured hand to her chest.’
    • ‘After my nap, Mel manicures my nails and later we enjoy a lovely drive to Amberley.’
    • ‘Her fingernails and toenails were manicured and her toenails had been painted with gold nail varnish.’
    • ‘Adele brushes her perfectly manicured fingertips atop the cold, smooth metal of the letter opener.’
    • ‘She cleans, disinfects, and applies the substance to the re-growth, then manicures the nails.’
    • ‘How about a place where you can be manicured, massaged, and wrapped in seaweed?’
    • ‘Her fingernails had been carefully manicured to perfection, and coated once with pastel pink nail polish.’
    • ‘My stepmother calmly looked at me and pressed a perfectly manicured fingertip to her temple.’
    • ‘She tried not to laugh when she remembered that he did have manicured hands.’
    • ‘Some women would feel naked without color on perfectly manicured fingernails.’
    • ‘Frances leans forward, touching his hand with her soft, perfectly manicured fingers.’
    • ‘I decided to go to a local bookstore and buy every single music magazine I could get my immaculately manicured hands on.’
    1. 1.1as adjective manicured (of a lawn or garden) trimmed or neatly maintained.
      ‘manicured lawns’
      • ‘This is laid out over two levels and has a manicured lawn with herbaceous borders and a patio area with Indian limestone tiling.’
      • ‘The little white house with the perfectly manicured garden and fence to keep him and his family safe.’
      • ‘The section of the island inhabited by the women is finely manicured and dotted with wooden houses on stilts.’
      • ‘We wound among the ancient stone and manicured gardens, into Caius College.’
      • ‘The look is classical Portuguese, with tiled courtyards and manicured gardens, fountains and lemon trees.’
      • ‘He snaps a picture of manicured flowerbeds placed tastefully along the tiled stairway.’
      • ‘The driveway is flanked by trees, flowering plants and shrubs as well as an expansive manicured lawn.’
      • ‘It took her a whole five minutes to get past her manicured garden and to the gates.’
      • ‘There prosperous new managers live in gracious homes with neatly manicured gardens.’
      • ‘He also believes that a garden shouldn't be too manicured.’
      • ‘In this environment the subtle yet unmistakable frontier, where the manicured lawn brushes against the unkempt one, is enough to disturb the peace of the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘I had big wheels on my glider and I rolled in on nicely manicured grass.’
      • ‘I look down onto that finely manicured turf, and I can feel how much this game means to the players.’
      • ‘Most golfers today expect every square foot of the golf course to be manicured and playable.’
      • ‘The back garden is 80 feet long, with a manicured lawn with floral borders and a patio that can be accessed from the kitchen.’
      • ‘The first thing you notice when driving into Stradbally is the neatly manicured grass verges on the roadside.’
      • ‘It was surrounded with plush green grasses and rose gardens surrounding the house in perfectly manicured gardens.’
      • ‘We have enough manicured parks and lightly traveled roads for safe walking, however.’
      • ‘Below it, all over the superbly manicured gardens on the slopes, are memorials and stirring inscriptions.’
      • ‘The manicured lawns, which are dotted with a variety of flowerbeds and mature trees, are bounded by stud railings.’


Late 19th century: from French, from Latin manus ‘hand’ + cura ‘care’.