According to Collins Dictionary, "physique" is a noun that refers to the body's general appearance in terms of size, shape and muscular development. Alpha Dictionary states that "physique" has retained its French spelling and pronunciation.
Online Etymology Dictionary reports that the word "physique" originated in 1826 from French. "Physique" in French is an adjective that means "physical." The Latin origin is "physicus," which means "natural, physics." The Greek origin is "physikos," from "physis," which means "nature."
MacMillan Dictionary states that the term "physique" typically refers to the shape of a man, and the term "figure" typically refers to the shape of a woman.