Definition of manicure in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmanəˌkyo͝or/ /ˈmænəˌkjʊr/

Translate manicure into Spanish


  • A cosmetic treatment of the hands involving shaping and often painting of the nails, removal of the cuticles, and softening of the skin.

    ‘Nail salons offering manicures and pedicures are also quick and have the added benefit of improving your appearance.’
    • ‘The shop specialises in manicures, pedicures and nail extensions, and technicians will design whatever style you want on your nails.’
    • ‘Cintech offers nail technology services, which include manicures, pedicures, spa treatments and paraffin.’
    • ‘Debbie states that, for many professional men, waxing is an extension of regular treatments like manicures and massages.’
    • ‘If you rely on manicures to make your nails look good, keep a few things in mind.’
    • ‘Martine Dunand has been giving manicures and beauty treatments to women at the factory for the past three months.’
    • ‘If I'm not shooting some pool, I'm at the nail salon getting a manicure.’
    • ‘Those wishing to pamper themselves can choose from a wide range of beauty treatments, from a manicure to a luxurious Cleopatra-style goat milk oil bath.’
    • ‘Sarah, herself a qualified beautician will give some lucky lady a manicure and an eyebrow shaping.’
    • ‘The spas will give teenage girls a place to go for a day of pampering, including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and skin care classes.’
    • ‘Most men started to show interest in manicures and pedicures when they accompanied their wives to nail salons.’
    • ‘For example, give yourself chemical-free manicures by filing and buffing your nails and grooming your cuticles without adding a coat of polish.’
    • ‘As for the nail regime, I've never had a manicure in my life, unless you count pushing my cuticles back with the front door key.’
    • ‘The bride-to-be and her friends get together at a spa to enjoy relaxing massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and other treatments.’
    • ‘Choose from massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments.’
    • ‘We highly recommend this manicure for our gardening enthusiasts, although it's beneficial to everyone.’
    • ‘But everyone can do a manicure at home, using supplies that you already have around the house.’
    • ‘So I was getting a manicure the other day and I happened to bump into one of my girlfriends.’
    • ‘Most of us lead busy lives and a manicure doesn't make the top of our ‘to-do’ lists.’
    • ‘There are a few other items that you may wish to use during your manicure, all of which are optional.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Give a manicure to.

    ‘she manicured Esther's fingernails’
    • ‘She tapped her perfectly manicured fingernails on the granite tabletop impatiently.’
    • ‘Some women would feel naked without color on perfectly manicured fingernails.’
    • ‘Sophia came up to her, brushing her long manicured fingernails against her cheek.’
    • ‘I spent the first week and a half in pure heaven, at just being able to cut my nails like a normal human being and not having to polish or manicure them.’
    • ‘Her fingernails had been carefully manicured to perfection, and coated once with pastel pink nail polish.’
    • ‘Her fingernails and toenails were manicured and her toenails had been painted with gold nail varnish.’
    • ‘Adele brushes her perfectly manicured fingertips atop the cold, smooth metal of the letter opener.’
    • ‘Frances leans forward, touching his hand with her soft, perfectly manicured fingers.’
    • ‘I decided to go to a local bookstore and buy every single music magazine I could get my immaculately manicured hands on.’
    • ‘She clasps a slender, perfectly manicured hand to her chest.’
    • ‘How about a place where you can be manicured, massaged, and wrapped in seaweed?’
    • ‘She tried not to laugh when she remembered that he did have manicured hands.’
    • ‘My stepmother calmly looked at me and pressed a perfectly manicured fingertip to her temple.’
    • ‘I was just about to speak when a carefully manicured hand landed on the desk in front of me.’
    • ‘He warms to his theme, running a handsomely manicured hand over his handsome face.’
    • ‘She cleans, disinfects, and applies the substance to the re-growth, then manicures the nails.’
    • ‘After my nap, Mel manicures my nails and later we enjoy a lovely drive to Amberley.’
    • ‘Rosario had somehow managed to manicure her nails.’
    • ‘She screeched angrily and slapped me, her perfectly manicured nails cutting across my cheek.’
    • ‘Her lips were slick with a pink gloss and her nails were manicured to match.’
    1. 1.1Neatly trim or cut (an area of land or vegetation)
      ‘landscape crews were manicuring the lawns and gardens’
      • ‘There prosperous new managers live in gracious homes with neatly manicured gardens.’
      • ‘This is laid out over two levels and has a manicured lawn with herbaceous borders and a patio area with Indian limestone tiling.’
      • ‘The back garden is 80 feet long, with a manicured lawn with floral borders and a patio that can be accessed from the kitchen.’
      • ‘The manicured lawns, which are dotted with a variety of flowerbeds and mature trees, are bounded by stud railings.’
      • ‘The driveway is flanked by trees, flowering plants and shrubs as well as an expansive manicured lawn.’
      • ‘We wound among the ancient stone and manicured gardens, into Caius College.’
      • ‘It was surrounded with plush green grasses and rose gardens surrounding the house in perfectly manicured gardens.’
      • ‘Below it, all over the superbly manicured gardens on the slopes, are memorials and stirring inscriptions.’
      • ‘The look is classical Portuguese, with tiled courtyards and manicured gardens, fountains and lemon trees.’
      • ‘It took her a whole five minutes to get past her manicured garden and to the gates.’
      • ‘The little white house with the perfectly manicured garden and fence to keep him and his family safe.’
      • ‘He snaps a picture of manicured flowerbeds placed tastefully along the tiled stairway.’
      • ‘In this environment the subtle yet unmistakable frontier, where the manicured lawn brushes against the unkempt one, is enough to disturb the peace of the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘The first thing you notice when driving into Stradbally is the neatly manicured grass verges on the roadside.’
      • ‘He also believes that a garden shouldn't be too manicured.’
      • ‘I look down onto that finely manicured turf, and I can feel how much this game means to the players.’
      • ‘The section of the island inhabited by the women is finely manicured and dotted with wooden houses on stilts.’
      • ‘Most golfers today expect every square foot of the golf course to be manicured and playable.’
      • ‘We have enough manicured parks and lightly traveled roads for safe walking, however.’
      • ‘I had big wheels on my glider and I rolled in on nicely manicured grass.’


Late 19th century from French, from Latin manus ‘hand’ + cura ‘care’.