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chignon

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noun chi·gnon \ˈshēn-ˌyän also -ˌyȯn\

Simple Definition of chignon

  • : a way of arranging a woman's hair by twisting it into a round shape at the back of the head or neck

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chignon

  1. :  a knot of hair that is worn at the back of the head and especially at the nape of the neck

Origin and Etymology of chignon

French, from Middle French chaignon chain, collar, nape


First Known Use: 1783


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