Definition of chicane in US English:



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

    ‘the Austrian's car flew out of control and spun across the chicane’
    • ‘It is a quick, undulating circuit with a series of demanding corners broken by chicanes.’
    • ‘On the track, they became nothing more than obstacles, rolling chicanes that endangered up-to-speed drivers.’
    • ‘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 due course, traffic management became a village issue, acrimony flourished and, as the anti-speeders campaigned for road humps and chicanes, opposition hardened.’
    • ‘There are some fast chicanes with quick changes of direction, there are slow hairpins and fast sweeping bends.’
    • ‘Routes included woodland sections, hill climbs, obstacles, chicanes and slaloms across 1,000 metres to 2.5km courses.’
    • ‘A badly designed chicane is a greater hazard to competitors and spectators than no chicane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I see that one chicane with poor visibility in Hatch Warren was removed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the first lap, we encounter a very narrow chicane that all the drivers confront at high velocity and together as a group.’
    • ‘He also welcomed plans to stagger parking bays along the one-way road to create chicanes to slow vehicles.’
    • ‘All of the many border gates were raised, except for the last one at the customs booth, and the chicane was not guarded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We put them through a range of activities, such as chicanes and slaloms so they fully understood the limit of the vehicle.’
    • ‘In preparation for the race, some additional modifications have been made to the Bus Stop chicane, with safety in mind.’
    • ‘Twisting the rubber handgrips gets you moving at a healthy pace, but steering through a rubber-cone chicane is awkward and imprecise.’
    • ‘These include barricades and vehicle chicanes and checkpoints outside the SECDET as well as internal defences.’
    • ‘The combination of long straights, tight chicanes and hairpins is very demanding on the brakes.’
    • ‘It's the same car, but it seems better suited to tracks where you have chicanes and heavy braking, like Imola.’
    • ‘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 just 10-15 seconds after braking at the two previous chicanes and the brakes are still hot.’
    • ‘In the end the cars were going too fast, and so the straight was broken up with two chicanes.’
    • ‘The bulge in question is an artificial chicane that highways engineers have placed outside the village cemetery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the lap I spun, I just touched the brakes at the chicane and the rear snapped away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People think, okay, you put in a chicane, but we haven't tested with that chicane so that could have been even more dangerous.’
    • ‘One of the tricks to getting a perfect lap is to be good in the Melbourne Hairpin, the chicane and the final corner.’
    • ‘People visiting the exhibition are being handed leaflets listing all the options open to the council, including chicanes, mini-roundabouts and road humps.’
    • ‘The rest of it was just more modern houses tacked onto the road, and heavy traffic trying to get through chicanes in the road.’
    • ‘And that could lead to small-scale schemes, possibly road humps and chicanes, being built within the next 18 months on rat-running routes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The track dips as you take the right-left chicane at 217 km/h.’
    • ‘I had the option to go straight on or make the chicane in a sort of not very good way.’
  • 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.

    ‘he spends more time chicaning on texts than invoking principles’
    1. 1.1with object Deceive or trick (someone)
      ‘several employees were chicaned into giving their login information’
      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.