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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The actress-producer was at her sartorial best in a petal pink, silk-chiffon maxi dress detailed with ruffles and an appliqué rose. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Mindy Kaling and Rodarte Deliver a Fashion Feel Good Moment," 4 Jan. 2021 Each Cupcake in a Jar contains the equivalent of two cupcakes in flavors like red velvet, Boston creme pie and lemon chiffon. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "9 Indianapolis foodie gifts perfect for the holidays," 5 Dec. 2020 At Theophilio, gloves were adorned on one hand only, whereas the ones at Rodarte were fanciful, dainty, and made of chiffon. Eliza Huber,, "These NYFW Trends Are A Sign Of The Times," 20 Sep. 2020 At Theophilio, gloves were adorned on one hand only, whereas the ones at Rodarte were fanciful, dainty, and made of chiffon. Eliza Huber,, "These NYFW Trends Are A Sign Of The Times," 20 Sep. 2020 Takeout only Custard flavors include chocolate, vanilla, chocolate almond, coconut, peanut butter, black raspberry and lemon chiffon and are available in cups, cones, sundaes and more. Will Coviello,, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 At Theophilio, gloves were adorned on one hand only, whereas the ones at Rodarte were fanciful, dainty, and made of chiffon. Eliza Huber,, "These NYFW Trends Are A Sign Of The Times," 20 Sep. 2020 The filtration efficacy graphs on the Kickstarter page come from a paper that tested the filtration efficacy of common fabrics like cotton, silk, and chiffon, not from tests on the biofilters themselves. Hannah Thomasy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Covid-19 Has Designers Reimagining Personal Protective Equipment," 15 Sep. 2020 The richness was about the setup: the beautiful home, the girl in a pure chiffon sari with pearls. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her neatly kept bedroom, with its lavender furniture, religious art and a collectible doll in a pink chiffon gown — a gift for her Quinceanera two years ago — couldn’t be more different from the sleek, modern classrooms of Del Lago Academy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "School through a screen: how two San Diego County students are coping with virtual learning," 15 Nov. 2020 The finale, as ordained by the name Valentino, included a rich collection of flowing chiffon dresses in eye-popping monochromes, saving red for last. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Valentino closes Milan Fashion Week with lush live show," 27 Sep. 2020 The actress, who had a full face of Chanel beauty makeup by Sapir Vrubel Balaish, wore an embroidered organza and chiffon dress from the house’s spring 2020 couture collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes with Unorthodox’s Shira Haas, Who Wore Chanel Couture to the Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020 Both Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy wore Valentino, with O'Hara choosing a very Moira Rose-esque strapless double crepe wool dress worn with sequin turtleneck top and Murphy selecting a crepe couture suit with a chiffon silk top. Hanna Flanagan,, "Dan Levy Channels His Schitt's Creek Character David Rose in Kilt at 2020 Emmys," 20 Sep. 2020 One study, published in the journal ACS Nano in April, shows the effectiveness of a number of different materials used in homemade cloth masks, from cotton, to silk, and even chiffon. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Calculate Exactly How Many Lives You'll Save by Wearing a Mask," 8 Sep. 2020 To me, 1 teaspoon makes as perfect a poundcake as poundcake gets, a bit airier than, say, Sara Lee, without floating into chiffon cake territory. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Poundcake of Your Dreams," 21 Aug. 2020 Her winning look consisted of two pieces: a pair of black cropped trousers that pulled inspiration from classic Hollywood movies paired with a chiffon cape top. Los Angeles Times, "Our fashion critic reviews ‘Making the Cut’s’ winning looks: ‘Coachella-worthy’," 17 Apr. 2020 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

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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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“Chiffon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chiffon

: a very thin cloth made especially of silk

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