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 Her matching choker was made of the same purple chiffon. Seventeen, 10 June 2022 In the face-off between a red chiffon Saint Laurent and a garnet Halston, Mr. Ford gives Halston the point. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The former first lady’s version was pink chiffon with porcelain beading, but Ford stripped the idea down to brass tacks outfitting Moore in white crème silk and ivory kid gloves. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 6 May 2022 The adorable dress is spun from a material called dacron that's wonderfully soft, comfortable, and similar to chiffon. Amy Schulman,, 6 May 2022 The Anne Boleyn actress dazzled in a crystal chain bra paired with a pink pleated chiffon skirt over a fringed miniskirt. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 The black bodysuit—the bodice of which was covered in sequins and tiny beads, with chiffon ruching at the hip—transformed her into a midnight mirrorball. Crystal Bell, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2022 This vivid coral dress is made out of light-as-air eyelet chiffon. Ariel Scotti,, 12 Apr. 2022 The Yellowjackets star wore a pale blue chiffon gown with draped bodice and cape from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, with jewelry by Delfina Delettrez, ANANYA and Cicada. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the appearance, Kate wore a chiffon midi dress from British luxury brand LK Bennett. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 June 2022 Take for example this pretty chiffon blouse from Timeson. Sanah Faroke,, 19 June 2022 Charmeuse and chiffon weather has arrived, and with it, new weddings, rescheduled covid weddings, re-rescheduled covid weddings, and re-re-reschedule covid weddings. Glamour, 2 June 2022 An early '30s portrait shows Princess Elizabeth in a flower crown and a ruched chiffon dress. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Its most popular items include: croissants, ham & cheese pastries, strawberry soft-cream cake and blueberry chiffon cake. Gary Stern, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Lia Metcalfe doesn’t see things in the same pink chiffon light that more optimistic folks do. Tom Lanham, SPIN, 3 May 2022 The ankle-grazing chiffon skirt has a classic A-line silhouette that's paired with an elastic, high-rise waistband that offers a customizable fit. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 Chowdhary’s mother, Shelley, got in on the action as well, designing both Chowdhary’s deep-orange chiffon dress and her citrine, diamond and pearl earrings. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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