Definition of chicane in US English:



  • 1An artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course.

    • ‘On the track, they became nothing more than obstacles, rolling chicanes that endangered up-to-speed drivers.’
    • ‘People think, okay, you put in a chicane, but we haven't tested with that chicane so that could have been even more dangerous.’
    • ‘Senna completed a lap which was almost good enough for pole in first qualifying but spun on the exit of the chicane and crossed the line backwards.’
    • ‘The rest of it was just more modern houses tacked onto the road, and heavy traffic trying to get through chicanes in the road.’
    • ‘I see that one chicane with poor visibility in Hatch Warren was removed.’
    • ‘People visiting the exhibition are being handed leaflets listing all the options open to the council, including chicanes, mini-roundabouts and road humps.’
    • ‘And that could lead to small-scale schemes, possibly road humps and chicanes, being built within the next 18 months on rat-running routes.’
    • ‘I had the option to go straight on or make the chicane in a sort of not very good way.’
    • ‘One of the tricks to getting a perfect lap is to be good in the Melbourne Hairpin, the chicane and the final corner.’
    • ‘It is a quick, undulating circuit with a series of demanding corners broken by chicanes.’
    • ‘In the end the cars were going too fast, and so the straight was broken up with two chicanes.’
    • ‘We put them through a range of activities, such as chicanes and slaloms so they fully understood the limit of the vehicle.’
    • ‘They have just spent £60,000 of public money, plonking speed bumps and concrete chicanes on a country road where accidents were rare and dangerous speeding was nearly impossible.’
    • ‘These include barricades and vehicle chicanes and checkpoints outside the SECDET as well as internal defences.’
    • ‘I truly hate traffic engineers along with the rest of you - all their road humps and chicanes and one-way systems getting between me and where I want to get to.’
    • ‘In due course, traffic management became a village issue, acrimony flourished and, as the anti-speeders campaigned for road humps and chicanes, opposition hardened.’
    • ‘The bulge in question is an artificial chicane that highways engineers have placed outside the village cemetery.’
    • ‘The combination of long straights, tight chicanes and hairpins is very demanding on the brakes.’
    • ‘With both units changed, he then went back out on track until a spin into the gravel at the second chicane ended his morning programme after completing only 13 laps.’
    • ‘He also welcomed plans to stagger parking bays along the one-way road to create chicanes to slow vehicles.’
    • ‘During the first lap, we encounter a very narrow chicane that all the drivers confront at high velocity and together as a group.’
    • ‘A badly designed chicane is a greater hazard to competitors and spectators than no chicane.’
    • ‘It is tough for the brakes, there are the chicanes where you need to be precise and the track surface is very slippery, so it is quite easy to make mistakes.’
    • ‘The track dips as you take the right-left chicane at 217 km/h.’
    • ‘All of the many border gates were raised, except for the last one at the customs booth, and the chicane was not guarded.’
    • ‘Battling his way back up to 3rd place in the national class, he was all set to scoop another podium position until a spin at the chicane lost him further time.’
    • ‘It's the same car, but it seems better suited to tracks where you have chicanes and heavy braking, like Imola.’
    • ‘Routes included woodland sections, hill climbs, obstacles, chicanes and slaloms across 1,000 metres to 2.5km courses.’
    • ‘The 32-year-old German driver, who is chasing a second successive world title and his fourth in all, came off the track at the Roggia chicane at over 300 km/h.’
    • ‘Having the chance to start from the cleaner part of the track he overtook three drivers before or in the first chicane, installing himself third.’
    • ‘It's just 10-15 seconds after braking at the two previous chicanes and the brakes are still hot.’
    • ‘The straights aren't so long that they place an absolute premium on outright power, while the chicanes and bumpy track surface demand good handling characteristics.’
    • ‘At that point the only way they would condone it would be if Turn 13 was slowed down through the use of some sort of chicane.’
    • ‘In preparation for the race, some additional modifications have been made to the Bus Stop chicane, with safety in mind.’
    • ‘On the lap I spun, I just touched the brakes at the chicane and the rear snapped away.’
    • ‘Twisting the rubber handgrips gets you moving at a healthy pace, but steering through a rubber-cone chicane is awkward and imprecise.’
    • ‘In the last eight months a bus stop has been built out into the road, chicanes have been installed, and anti-skid surfacing has been laid.’
    • ‘There are some fast chicanes with quick changes of direction, there are slow hairpins and fast sweeping bends.’
  • 2dated (in card games) a hand without cards of one particular suit; a void.

    • ‘With an average hand containing a chicane, an ace, and some low trumps, lead the ace followed by a low card of the same suit.’
  • 3archaic Chicanery.


  • 1Employ trickery or chicanery.

    1. 1.1with object Deceive or trick (someone).
      deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, outmanoeuvre, catch out, gull, hoax, bamboozle, beguile
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Late 17th century (in the senses ‘chicanery’ and ‘use chicanery’): from French chicane (noun), chicaner (verb) ‘quibble’, of unknown origin.