Your hip is the area of your body at the top and side of your thigh, beside your pelvis. You might have a habit of closing the refrigerator door by bumping it with your hip.

Your hips are the flesh between your waist and upper leg, and they're also the bones that make up the complex joints there — the ones that make it possible for your legs to move so you can walk. When a person is described as hip, it means they're trendy or cool, up on the latest thing. These two meanings are unrelated, with the "cool" meaning coming from the slang hep, popular with jazz musicians around 1915.

Definitions of hip
  1. noun
    either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh
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    type of:
    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  2. noun
    the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
    synonyms: pelvic arch, pelvic girdle, pelvis
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    type of:
    an encircling or ringlike structure
  3. noun
    the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum
    synonyms: articulatio coxae, coxa, hip joint
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    type of:
    articulatio spheroidea, ball-and-socket joint, cotyloid joint, enarthrodial joint, enarthrosis, spheroid joint
    a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone
  4. noun
    (architecture) the exterior angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end of a roof
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    exterior angle, external angle
    the supplement of an interior angle of a polygon
  5. adjective
    informed about the latest trends
    synonyms: hep, hip to
    having much knowledge or education
  6. noun
    the fruit of a rose plant
    synonyms: rose hip, rosehip
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    type of:
    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
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