- The definition of a manicure is a cosmetic treatment where your hands are pampered and your nails are cut, groomed and may be polished.
When you go to the salon and your hands are soaked in a paraffin bath, then massaged before your nails are clipped and polished, this is an example of a manicure.
- To manicure is defined as to trim gardens or lawns neatly or professionally, or to perform a treatment where you pamper someone's hands and cut and polish his or her nails.
- When a gardener comes and neatly trims the lawn, this is an example of a time when the gardener manicures the lawn.
- When you cut someone's nails and polish them, this is an example of a time when you manicure.
A woman receiving a manicure.
Origin of manicureFrench ; from Classical Latin manus, a hand + cura, care: see cure
transitive verbman·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing, man·i·cures
- To trim, clean, and polish (the fingernails).
- To clip or trim evenly and closely: manicure a hedge.
Origin of manicureFrench : Latin manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin cūra, care; see cure.
(third-person singular simple present manicures, present participle manicuring, simple past and past participle manicured)
- to trim the fingernails