1 of 2


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


2 of 2


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

Examples of chiffon in a Sentence

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Our chiffon cake bakes in 45 minutes and needs no further decoration beyond a dusting of powdered sugar. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Feb. 2024 The ivory version is adorned with chiffon lace accents for a softer touch. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Miso shortbread cookies, strawberry mousse cake, chiffon cake fruit sando and a savory chicken katsu sando will be sold in the bright, somewhat whimsical shop with a few tables. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 What looks like layers of chiffon in the skirt create an airy, relaxed silhouette. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 The black ruffled dress with contrast stitching is a far cry from the seafoam green chiffon high-low of yore. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2024 Dunst, 41, showed some skin in a backless black chiffon gown. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 The first of the dresses from the Vietnamese fashion house was a purple strapless chiffon gown with a mesh V-neck and cutouts at her waist and long, flowy sleeves. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2023 Get the Recipe Lemon Chiffon Pie Fruit, fresh lemon chiffon pie is sweet and tart and might be a great break from the rich, heavy dishes of Thanksgiving. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023
Robbie's part-Versace look includes the same adorable polka-dot pink hat, chiffon scarf to hide a dress underneath and tulle skirt from the original doll, plus pink-and-white color-block shoes. USA TODAY, 3 July 2023 The Crane Estate, as Bode is calling this collection, includes everything from a form-fitting and floor-length gown sparkled with emerald green sequins to a berry-print chiffon day dress, loose and light, from a summer picnic in the past. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2023 Anyone shopping for their work wardrobe should check out this loose-fitting chiffon blouse that's made from a lightweight material. Sanah Faroke, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2022 Her pieces had this aquatic nature with chiffon, moiré and beautiful printing. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 6 Dec. 2022 On November 12, Middleton joined Prince William at Royal Albert Hall in London for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance wearing a Self-Portrait chiffon blazer dress with a red poppy pin to honor fallen military members. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2022 In June 1994, Diana stepped out for a gala at the Serpentine Gallery in London wearing a fitted, black, off-the-shoulder dress with an asymmetrical hemline and chiffon train that flowed in the wind. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 Dessert was an orange chiffon cake with roasted pears with citrus sauce and crème fraiche ice cream. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2022 Dessert was orange chiffon cake with tangerine mousse, roasted pears and creme fraiche ice cream. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiffon was in 1765

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“Chiffon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a very thin fabric especially of silk


2 of 2 adjective
: having a light soft texture
a chiffon pie

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