bouf·​fant | \ bü-ˈfänt How to pronounce bouffant (audio) , ˈbü-ˌfänt How to pronounce bouffant (audio) \

Definition of bouffant

: puffed out bouffant hairdos a bouffant veil

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Recent Examples on the Web The birthday girl also exuded ’90s vibes with her voluminous bouffant hairstyle and smoky black eye makeup. Helen Murphy,, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford While Celebrating Her 18th Birthday in N.Y.C.," 7 Sep. 2019 These days, the figure who’s appearing more and more as a symbol of power and its abuses — and clad in an iconic bouffant wig and overlong red tie — is Donald Trump. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Opera plays its Trump card: Yes, the president is showing up in Verdi," 4 July 2019 Apparently, a white silk jumpsuit by Ukranian label BEVZA, complete with a bouffant veil. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wore a Jumpsuit for Her Las Vegas Wedding to Joe Jonas Last Night," 2 May 2019 While the plot delves into deeper issues of addiction, depression and drama, the wardrobe of the leading ladies features a pastel palette, mini skirts, '60s bouffant hair and baby doll dresses. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The '60s Films That Every Fashion Girl Should Watch," 27 Jan. 2015 Meet Baby Chanco, a seventh-month-old infant who is entering social media fame, thanks to her bouffant-level hair. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Baby Chanco's Hair Has Already Made Her an Instagram Celebrity," 25 July 2018 But compared with the turbans, kimonos, fishnet masks, leather harnesses and bouffant wigs he's paraded on red carpets, today's threads are subdued. Amy Nicholson,, "Is Hollywood ready for the brilliant weirdness of Lakeith Stanfield?," 3 July 2018 Kim’s short and pudgy father Kim Jong Il was reported to have favored platform shoes and a bouffant hairstyle to appear taller. Washington Post, "What Kim’s suit, shoes and hairstyle tell us about him," 12 June 2018 Instagram - Kim Kardashian posed for Ellen von Unwerth in a Bardot-esque bouffant and sultry, sparkly cat eye on Instagram. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Make a Statement to the Paparazzi, Plus More!," 18 June 2014

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First Known Use of bouffant

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bouffant

French, from Middle French, from present participle of bouffer to puff

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“Bouffant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of bouffant

: having a full and rounded shape

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