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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With Kate, her blush chiffon Alexander McQueen gown with crystal detailing at the collar was delicate and fluttery, but also not overly busy. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Wear a Cape Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 28 Feb. 2019 And as one of the giants of my life in the chiffon trenches. André Leon Talley, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Remembers Karl Lagerfeld," 19 Feb. 2019 Most Textured: Saoirse Ronan in Chanel A three-for-one deal on sequins, chiffon, and feathers. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The 10 Best Looks From the BAFTA Awards," 19 Feb. 2018 The gown’s subtly sequined plunging bodice was offset by its layered gossamer sleeves, and the diaphanous silk chiffon was the perfect ground for Saab’s painterly print of spring blooms. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Floral Elie Saab Gown at Art of Elysium's "Heaven" Gala," 6 Jan. 2019 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

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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: a very thin cloth made especially of silk

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