Definition of chicane in English:
- He also welcomed plans to stagger parking bays along the one-way road to create chicanes to slow vehicles.
- 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.
- It's the same car, but it seems better suited to tracks where you have chicanes and heavy braking, like Imola.
verb[no object] archaic Back to top
Late 17th century (in the senses 'chicanery' and 'use chicanery'): from French chicane (noun), chicaner (verb) 'quibble', of unknown origin.
A chicane describes a sharp double bend forming an obstacle on a motor racing track; it is also an old word for chicanery (late 16th century) ‘trickery’. The origin is the French noun chicane, and verb chicaner ‘quibble’, but earlier details are unknown.
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