Simple Definition of coiffure
: a way of cutting and arranging someone's hair
Full Definition of coiffure
: a style or manner of arranging the hair
Examples of coiffure in a sentence
<with his flashy suit and carefully sculpted coiffure, he looks like a slick car dealer>
Did You Know?
First appearing in English in the 1630s, coiffure derives from the French verb coiffer, which can mean "to arrange (hair)" or "to cover with a coif (any of various close-fitting caps, such as that worn under a veil by a nun)." The word is now used as a somewhat fancy way of saying "hairdo." Be careful not to confuse it with "coiffeur," which refers to a man who works as a hairdresser (and of which "coiffeuse" is the female equivalent). You may also encounter "coif" used to mean "hairstyle" - in such cases, "coif" is operating as a shortened form of "coiffure."
Origin of coiffure
French, from coiffer to cover with a coif, arrange (hair), from coife, from Old French
First Known Use: circa 1631
Rhymes with coiffure
abjure, adjure, Adour, allure, amour, Ashur, assure, brochure, ceinture, cocksure, conjure, contour, couture, demure, detour, dirt-poor, endure, ensure, faubourg, for sure, Fraktur, grandeur, gravure, guipure, hachure, immure, impure, insure, inure, kultur, land-poor, langur, ligure, manure, mature, mohur, obscure, parure, perdure, procure, rondure, secure, siddur, tambour, tandoor, tenure, Uighur, unmoor, velour, velure
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