chignon

noun

chi·​gnon ˈshēn-ˌyän How to pronounce chignon (audio)
 also  -ˌyȯn
: a knot of hair that is worn at the back of the head and especially at the nape of the neck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 38-year-old actress had her new golden hair up in a stylish chignon, with a side part, bringing a touch of classic glamour to her black halter dress. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 20 Nov. 2022 Kate turned to two of her favorites — an elegant chignon and the Lover's Know tiara — for the Diplomatic Corps reception in 2019. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 During the 2017 Trooping the Colour parade, Kate skipped the blowout in favor of pulling her hair back into a twisted, voluminous chignon. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 Her blond hair was usually ironed straight or pulled back into a messy chignon. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 To go super sleek, gather glistening strands into a ponytail or chignon, as Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid did at Balenciaga’s July haute couture show. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Her blond hair was usually ironed straight or pulled back into a messy chignon. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Her blond hair was usually ironed straight or pulled back into a messy chignon. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Her blond hair was usually ironed straight or pulled back into a messy chignon. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French chaignon chain, collar, nape

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chignon was in 1783

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Cite this Entry

“Chignon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chignon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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chignon

noun

chi·​gnon ˈshēn-ˌyän How to pronounce chignon (audio)
: a knot of hair worn at the back of the head

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