chif·​fon | \ shi-ˈfän How to pronounce chiffon (audio) , ˈshi-ˌfän How to pronounce chiffon (audio) \

Definition of chiffon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an ornamental addition (such as a knot of ribbons) to a woman's dress
2 : a sheer fabric especially of silk



Definition of chiffon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling chiffon in sheerness or softness
2 : having a light delicate texture achieved usually by adding whipped egg whites or whipped gelatin lemon chiffon pie

Examples of chiffon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, Balinska was a vision in tan chiffon, floating down the red carpet in a stunning off-the-shoulder gown by Vera Wang. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kristen Stewart's Sparkly Rainbow Dress Turns Heads at the Charlie's Angels Premiere," 12 Nov. 2019 The Musical, are filled with the rustle of tulle and chiffon. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Behind the Scenes of the Moulin Rouge! Musical With Its Star Costume Designer," 24 July 2019 The semi-sheer chiffon fabric feels just dressy enough to bring an outfit to a lavish new level, and the generous, cloud-like folds make this feel fancier and more fashionable than just about any other scrunchie. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kitsch Just Launched a Humongous Scrunchie, and It's Actually Really Cute," 24 Nov. 2019 The exhibit, steeped in the moods and fashions of the 1950s and ’60s, felt like time travel: women in chiffon scarves, men washing their Mustangs, people dressed in their Sunday finest for the airport, or their bathing caps for the beach. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Lovely Solitude of Standing in a Crowd," 6 Nov. 2019 For Bostonians, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom was where teenage girls glowed in their chiffon finery at coming out parties., "When Winston Churchill came to town, he stayed here. So did Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, and the duke and duchess of Windsor. At present, this important piece of Boston history is primarily hosting layers of plaster dust, exposed drywall, bare floors, and many, many power tools.," 2 Nov. 2019 Many more thigh-baring looks followed, in silk chiffon or in print. Washington Post, "Dominican vibes and a youthful feel at Oscar de la Renta," 11 Sep. 2019 Six dancers are clothed in flowing chiffon — women in dresses and men in shirts and capri pants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mark Morris Dance Group marries music and motion," 15 Aug. 2019 Her softer touch was evident in the rounded shoulders, chiffon dresses, and fluid pants that paraded down the runway. Sylvia & Julia Haghjoo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Chanel Haute Couture's Show in Photos," 3 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The creative director has a knack for making opposites attract, and this season the brand’s sweet and light chiffon dresses were toughened up with basketball-style shorts in hefty checks and plaid. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Pendant kitten earrings that might be well paired with a chiffon puppy-print dress from a recent collection, an achingly romantic tiara of pink roses, and, in homage to NYC, big apple earrings. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "See the Exquisite, One-of-a-Kind Jewels from Dolce & Gabbana’s Latest Alta Gioielleria Collection Here," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chiffon


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chiffon


French, literally, rag, from chiffe old rag, alteration of Middle French chipe, from Middle English chip chip

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25 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chiffon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chiffon

: a very thin cloth made especially of silk

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