bouf·​fant | \bü-ˈfänt, ˈbü-ˌfänt \

Definition of bouffant 

: puffed out bouffant hairdos a bouffant veil

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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 She’s never seen without a perfectly teased and backcombed bouffant — on the red carpet, at dinner parties, or on TV. Samantha Lee, The Cut, "Meet the Fragrance Professional Whose Perfect Hair Is a Statement of Success," 4 Apr. 2018 Day fully committed to this retro suit-dress, from her bouffant to her matching, classic red lip. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Grammy Awards 2018: The 9 wildest ensembles from the red carpet," 28 Jan. 2018 Just a few days prior, the runway at Moschino welcomed a parade of Jackie Onassis look-alikes, led by Kaia Gerber and her voluptuous, not-a-hair-astray bouffant bob. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Scene-Stealing Beauty Trends to Borrow From Milan Fashion Week," 26 Feb. 2018 Much has been of Mr. Weir’s Kewpie doll maquillage, his Birkin bags, his jeweled brooches, his furs, his 13 travel trunks, his Louboutin shoes and elaborate bouffant hairdo. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Embracing Fashion, Saggers to Sequins, at the Winter Games," 21 Feb. 2018 The film honors Rose Marie’s devotion to her big-band musician husband, Bobby Guy, whose early death is the reason a black ribbon routinely is part of her trademark bouffant hairstyle. Washington Post, "Mob, fame, loss: Film details Rose Marie’s surprising life," 4 Nov. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bouffant

: having a full and rounded shape

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