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

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Her chignon has become slightly more elaborate as the years go on, a departure from the loose waves that marked her earlier appearances. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Was Easy to Spot in a Striking Yellow Hat for 2019's Trooping the Colour," 8 June 2019 The Year: 2012 The Look: With a few loose pieces of hair framing her face, Trentini's textured chignon is effortlessly chic. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 26 Apr. 2019 Markle wore her hair in a low chignon with face-framing tendrils. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Tapped Salon Hairstylist Sonnie Jo for the Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 From chic chignons to bold red lips, the future royal has tried it all. Jillian Ruffo,, "Every Possible Wedding-Ready Beauty Look That Meghan Markle Could Wear to Marry Prince Harry," 11 May 2018 Brushed smoothly back, intricately wound, and secured in a chignon-like style, the clean, elegant updo offered a jumping-off point for a structural alabaster fascinator that was in keeping with traditional British protocol for formal events. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Brings Hollywood-Royalty Hair to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London," 28 June 2018 Her hair, of course, was swept up into Cinderella's iconic chignon and was dyed a bright blonde to mimic the character's. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Zendaya Is Literally — Literally — Cinderella at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 In the pic, Meghan is wearing her now-trademark sleek chignon, dewy foundation, nude lips, and a subtle smoky eye with thick lashes. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Been Doing Her Own Makeup Without You Noticing," 12 July 2018 The star paired her dress with gold sandals and an effortlessly chic hairstyle, with her blonde waves parted down the center and pulled into a low chignon and two tendrils falling loose in front. Jillian Ruffo,, "Lili Reinhart Steps Out of Her Fashion 'Comfort Zone' in Floral Dress at the 2018 CFDA Awards," 4 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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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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not constant or steady

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