Definition of chic in US English:



  • Elegantly and stylishly fashionable.

    • ‘The chic models took to the catwalk, immaculately dressed in this season's top styles.’
    • ‘No student bedroom wall or chic wine bar is complete without one.’
    • ‘The liveliest restaurant scene is in the city centre, where many chic eateries have sprung up in recent years.’
    • ‘No other country in the world, they say, has such a dazzling array of chic fashion on offer.’
    • ‘The tasting area looks more like a chic New York bar, with its backlit bottles and sophisticated decor.’
    • ‘She was even more chic than usual with a new, shorter hair style she had gotten on a recent trip to Cairo.’
    • ‘It is a huge restaurant, an enormous disco, a bar and a chic club all rolled into one.’
    • ‘The collection is very chic, luxurious, formal and rich but in a sharp, simple and modern way.’
    • ‘A simple way to create a chic look without spending a lot of money is to add new accessories or change your hairstyle.’
    • ‘Here is my fundamental issue with the world of, well, chic living.’
    • ‘Should I consult with a chic stylist and pay gobs of money to plot a hair strategy for the big day?’
    • ‘The management of this chic Fifth Avenue fashion store had dared to rearrange the artist's installation.’
    • ‘It isn't quite the place it once was, though it still pulls in a chic clientele.’
    • ‘She suggests wearing them as close to the hairline as possible for a chic look.’
    • ‘The chic shops and bars, and above all the fast pace of life, reinforce the sense that London is the centre of the universe.’
    • ‘Bunker is chic and arty without being too pretentious, and its friendly, laid-back vibe is infectious.’
    • ‘The clothes were very lady-like and slightly old fashioned, and not in the chic way.’
    • ‘The self-deprecating menu says it wants to be a chic bistro, but it has the feel of a smart cafe.’
    • ‘Her Desdemona is played as a very chic Italian lady, effortlessly fashionable, as so many Italians are.’
    • ‘The classy curls, gels, trendy perms, and chic colours have not seemed to inspire us!’
    stylish, smart, elegant, sophisticated, dapper, debonair, dashing, trim, tasteful, understated, attractive, flattering
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  • Stylishness and elegance, typically of a specified kind.

    ‘French chic’
    ‘biker chic’
    • ‘Browns is for those who prefer their countryside retreat served up with urban chic rather than ancestral grandeur.’
    • ‘The matching ring with a single chestnut-cut stone is the ultimate in stylish chic.’
    • ‘Our executive double room was the height of chic, kitted out with lots of lush goodies to keep us happy.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he's the older man and those grey hairs speak years, rather than designer chic.’
    • ‘It is a deliberate attempt to be different, a blatant statement that the cars are for the discerning driver who loves designer chic.’
    • ‘Her chic usually includes grungy jeans with a little sparkly something on top.’
    • ‘His clothes are an example of how young designers emphasize chic yet maintain an urban sensibility.’
    • ‘It is just one of the properties that now offer the height of chic at distinctively low prices.’
    • ‘Be bold and brash in your grunge gear with loop earrings and big bangles or add chic to your feet by returning to the simple pointed court shoe or stiletto.’
    • ‘A recent refurb has transformed this hotel into the height of contemporary chic.’
    • ‘Other party plants are not content with such underground chic.’
    • ‘This could be the crystallizing moment in the nationwide trend towards dork chic.’
    • ‘Not only is this digital music player the height of consumer chic, it's also stunningly practical.’
    • ‘I deemed it futile to explain to him the punk-grunge influence on post-material chic.’
    • ‘But it is the association with Italian chic that gives them most appeal.’
    • ‘By day, gliding down the catwalk or presenting one of the world's most famous faces to the camera, she is the epitome of modern chic.’
    • ‘These mostly 20-somethings are a million miles away from gilded superclubbers and heroin chic.’
    • ‘It's very New York, where people wear expensive casual chic to work then go straight out to a bar and get trashed on Cosmopolitans.’
    • ‘He studied computing, and had a certain air of geek chic about him.’
    • ‘The effect is dramatic, a superb blend of Old World glamour and contemporary chic.’
    flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, finesse, panache, flourish, taste
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Mid 19th century: from French, probably from German Schick ‘skill’.