chi·​gnon | \ ˈshēn-ˌyän How to pronounce chignon (audio) 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

Examples of chignon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her blonde hair is in a chignon, and her gaze is steady. Rory Satran, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 With her hair pulled back into a tight chignon and a pair of delicate Buccellati diamond and pearl drop earrings as her sole accessory, the star was perfection in a look that was a complete 180 from her trademark kitsch. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 2 Aug. 2021 Her long hair, unpinned from its chignon, was fanned out over the floor; the flesh of her face was squeezed against the carpet. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 To reinforce the look’s sleekness, Mrs. Bieber wore a chignon bun slicked to the back. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2021 To polish things off, hairstylist Jenny Cho gave Mulligan a classic chignon, while makeup artist Georgie Eisdell and manicurist Queenie Nguyen kept things refined with classic colors and understated glamour. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2021 Her uniform was an exquisitely severe black suit or dress, accessorized by a trademark hat, a taut chignon, red lipstick, and dark glasses. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Gaga styled her headband in one of the easiest ways ever: with her hair worn in a chic low chignon. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 23 Aug. 2020 From there, the award-show styling was simple: Abergel swept Ronan's blonde hair into a chignon and topped off the look with a 2020 take on butterfly clips (which, like her gown, were custom Gucci). Megan Decker,, 9 Feb. 2020

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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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24 Sep 2021

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“Chignon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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