chi·​gnon | \ˈshēn-ˌyän also -ˌyȯn \

Definition of chignon 

: a knot of hair that is worn at the back of the head and especially at the nape of the neck

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With a part down the middle, the rest of her hair was pulled back into a tidy chignon. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 The 36-year-old's hair was styled by Serge Normant in a low chignon with a middle part and face framing tendrils. Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy at royal wedding," 22 May 2018 Hairstylist Christine Symonds styled her hair in a low chignon with a Jennifer Behr black net face veiling, while Danielle Frankel pearl drop earrings grazed her collarbones. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 Her hairstylist Marissa Marino created soft and romantic ringlets that were pulled back into a low chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Just Shared Her Thoughts on Her Met Gala Spray Tan," 9 May 2018 No hairstyle is more summer-ready than a sleek chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Meghan Markle Growing Out Her Signature Tendrils?," 5 July 2018 Paired with an ethereal Vera Wang tulle ballgown and a wispy chignon, Kapoor's intricately drawn on accessory was the ultimate black tie addition. Vogue, "This Bollywood Actress Just Stepped Out in the Most Head-Turning Henna at Cannes," 16 May 2018 Meghan was dressed in a dark green top and mid-length skirt with pockets, her hair pulled back in an off-center low chignon. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry arrive in Ireland on first foreign trip as couple," 10 July 2018 For the ceremony, I was set to wear my hair in a low chignon, a pearl necklace, and a floor-length, slate-blue floral lace gown that was both lovely and conservative. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Why, at 31, I Finally Started Wearing My Afro," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of chignon

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chignon

French, from Middle French chaignon chain, collar, nape

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The first known use of chignon was in 1783

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English Language Learners Definition of chignon

: a way of arranging a woman's hair by twisting it into a round shape at the back of the head or neck

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