chif·fon | \shi-ˈfän, ˈshi-ˌ \

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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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 In show notes, the brand was also careful to emphasize the fabrics used, organza and chiffon among them, directly mentioning fur only once (the adorable ermine). Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 2018 Parks layers the recipes in her 350-page book with vintage ads and short sections that give context to the desserts, brief histories of the Oreo cookie and the chiffon pie, of animal crackers and white layer cakes. Amy Scattergood,, "Stella Parks' award-winning cookbook 'BraveTart' is as classic as its desserts," 18 May 2018 After Noa and Ross walked down the aisle flanked by their parents, April Hail, Ross’s senior prom date, officiated while six months pregnant in a custom pale mint green chiffon Grecian gown designed by Kini Zamora. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 While President Trump sported a more traditional black-and-white tuxedo, FLOTUS stood out with a pale yellow chiffon gown from French label J. Mendel. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 The pale gown by J. Mendel was made of chiffon, fitted in the ruched, off-the-shoulder bodice and falling from the waist in a princess-style sweep of faint pleats. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 All Her Special Guests, from Selena Gomez to Shawn Mendes Dressed in a black chiffon paisley-print Coach dress with velvet bow accents, Gomez poses in a car throughout the campaign, which was shot by photographer Steven Meisel. Jillian Ruffo,, "Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Selena Gomez's Latest Coach Campaign," 2 July 2018 Denise Gough sparkled in tiered chiffon by Oscar de la Renta, and Condola Rashad went bold and sassy in scarlet Carolina Herrera. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Tony Awards 2018: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet," 11 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of chiffon

: a very thin cloth made especially of silk

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