Definition of chicane in English:


Pronunciation /SHəˈkān/ /ʃəˈkeɪn/

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  • 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’
    • ‘During the first lap, we encounter a very narrow chicane that all the drivers confront at high velocity and together as a group.’
    • ‘The bulge in question is an artificial chicane that highways engineers have placed outside the village cemetery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People think, okay, you put in a chicane, but we haven't tested with that chicane so that could have been even more dangerous.’
    • ‘In preparation for the race, some additional modifications have been made to the Bus Stop chicane, with safety in mind.’
    • ‘A badly designed chicane is a greater hazard to competitors and spectators than no chicane.’
    • ‘I see that one chicane with poor visibility in Hatch Warren was removed.’
    • ‘Twisting the rubber handgrips gets you moving at a healthy pace, but steering through a rubber-cone chicane is awkward and imprecise.’
    • ‘All of the many border gates were raised, except for the last one at the customs booth, and the chicane was not guarded.’
    • ‘I had the option to go straight on or make the chicane in a sort of not very good way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the tricks to getting a perfect lap is to be good in the Melbourne Hairpin, the chicane and the final corner.’
    • ‘The track dips as you take the right-left chicane at 217 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the lap I spun, I just touched the brakes at the chicane and the rear snapped away.’
  • 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.


  • 1archaic Employ 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


Late 17th century (in the senses ‘chicanery’ and ‘use chicanery’): from French chicane (noun), chicaner (verb) ‘quibble’, of unknown origin.