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Definition of bouffant

: puffed out bouffant hairdos a bouffant veil

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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 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

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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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