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

Examples of chignon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting chignon is effortlessly elegant and, as is true to Brisker’s form, still ridiculously cool. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 7 May 2024 Inside, models with fluorescent pink smudges on their eyes prep in front of mirrors with nets secured to the back of their heads, a way of protecting hairstylist Guido Palau’s French chignons until their first steps onto the runway. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2024 In nearly all photographs, her white-blond hair is pulled tightly back into a small chignon. Rhonda Garelick, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Pull your curls into a casual chignon and throw in pin detailing just for fun. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 The nine-time Emmy nominee styled the gown with a few diamond rings and a pair of drop diamond earrings, and wore her hair slicked back into an elegant chignon, with a few feathers to match the feathers of her dress. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024 Zendaya let the bangs be the centerpiece of her hairstyle for the show, pulling the rest of her hair back in an elegant chignon at the nape of her neck. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 Tay also went with a timeless beauty look, wearing her hair in a coiled chignon and her usual red lip with a pink mani. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte (whose locks are longer than ever!) had an ultimate matching moment with at King Charles’ coronation in May, coordinating in knotted chignons with silver floral headpieces by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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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“Chignon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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

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