Definition of chicane in English:


Syllabification: chi·cane
Pronunciation: /SHiˈkān, CHi-


  • 1An artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course.
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    • 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.
  • 2 dated (In card games) a hand without cards of one particular suit; a void.
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    • 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.
  • 3 archaic Chicanery.


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  • 1Employ trickery or chicanery.
  • 1.1 [with object] Deceive or trick (someone).


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

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