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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For example, some models wore NGO logo T-shirts with couture-like sleeves made of chiffon over utilitarian overall pants. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 This delicate silk chiffon scarf is a lasting way to express your sentiments with flowers. The Reader's Catalog, "Shakespeare Love Silk Chiffon Scarf," 17 June 2019 On the red carpet, Jolie showed off her svelte frame in a pearl gray silk chiffon Atelier Versace dress with intricate draping detail. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie and Four of Her Children Attend the Premiere of Disney's Dumbo," 12 Mar. 2019 Lela Rose touts whimsical lace dresses; Reem Acra brings a heavenly display of tulle and chiffon; Amsale has classic gowns not unlike Meghan Markle's own wedding dresses. Glamour, "The Best Wedding Dresses We Saw at Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2020," 15 Apr. 2019 Stella McCartney In keeping with her commitment to sustainability, McCartney chose sustainable viscose as well as modern versions of couture fabrics like lace and chiffon to craft her debut bridal line. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Stella McCartney's New Bridal Collection Includes Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 13 Nov. 2018 Galanos excelled in each of these, and displayed a special mastery over silk chiffon, a fabric of unruly softness that disses all but the most precise designers. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘James Galanos: Design Integrity’ Review: The West Coast King of Fashion," 10 Nov. 2018 Stevie for her shawls, chiffon, fringe, and gold crescent chains; my mom for her bright bold pantsuits and overbearing clip-on earrings of yore. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "The Case for Clip-on Earrings, Inspired by My Mom’s Gaudy Jewelry Collection," 30 Aug. 2018 Eleanor has this scene on the stairs with Rachel, and Rachel's wearing this very soft, chiffon, floral Giambattista Valli dress. Rae Chen, Teen Vogue, "And how the characters express class status through fashion.," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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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