chif·​fon | \ shi-ˈfän, ˈshi-ˌfän \

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

Lace, chiffon, and organza from past wedding dresses had been tailored into tiny suits, and stitched into gowns. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 The barrister showed us some serious glam in a floor-length J. Mendel navy and white chiffon gown with matching navy heels, a navy and gold clutch, and bling-y sapphire and diamond earrings. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Amal Clooney Accepts UN Global Citizens Award," 6 Dec. 2018 The long chiffon gown was paired against several worthy opponents, which included yellow curtains, corn, and other yellow house hold objects featured in dozens of memes posted on Twitter. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump's Yellow J. Mendel Gown Gets Meme'd on Social Media," 16 July 2018 Rather than choosing from the maternity section, the V-necked chiffon outfit appears to be part of the collection by Parisian brand Claudie Pierlot. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Got Maternity Style Right In a Pleated Lilac Dress," 8 Oct. 2018 Also among the pieces is a traditional Pakistani wedding ensemble of red silk and chiffon, with metallic embroidery and glass beads. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 What to Wear: Long flowy chiffon dresses, big hats and vintage glasses are my go to look with the occasional kimono. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "Fashionable Travels: Stacey Bendet's Holiday in Hawaii," 2 Jan. 2014 Silk-chiffon, silk-dot-tulle, and French-lace gown by Inbal Raviv, $6,600 at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, 155 Wooster St., nr. Lauren Levy, The Cut, "The Everything Guide to Staying Cool at a Summer Wedding," 12 Apr. 2018 Saint Laurent silk chiffon scarf, $395 at; Helmut Lang cotton-silk coat, $1,195 at Opening Ceremony, Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "5 Styling Tweaks to Make Right Now," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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: a very thin cloth made especially of silk

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