manicure (n.)

1873, "one who professionally treats hands and fingernails," from French manicure, literally "the care of the hands and fingernails," from Latin manus "hand" (from PIE root *man- (2) "hand") + cura "care" (see cure (n.1)). Meaning "treatment and care of the hands and fingernails" is attested by 1887.

manicure (v.)

"apply manicure treatment to, care for (the hands and fingernails)," 1885, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.

updated on November 15, 2018