Pronounced: fyoo-NIH-kyuh-luhr, noun
Notes: I have heard this word, but I couldn’t define it on seeing it
The word chicane means, as a verb, “to trick or deceive”. As a noun, it means
- an artificial narrowing or a turn added to a road to slow traffic down
Our word came into English in the mid-1600s
Background / Comments
Our word comes from the French word chicaner (to quibble). I do know the word ‘chicanery’ (trickery/deception by quibbling or sophistry), which is a form of this word.