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 Gaga styled her headband in one of the easiest ways ever: with her hair worn in a chic low chignon. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Lady Gaga's Poolside Hair Look Is Perfect for Lazy Summer Days," 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,, "Saoirse Ronan’s Baby Bangs Were Inspired By Audrey Hepburn," 9 Feb. 2020 Influencers are wrapping the delicate fabric around their wrists, using scrunchies to adorn low ponies, and lacing them into chignons. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Giant Scrunchies Are Taking Over Instagram," 21 Feb. 2020 And then those with longer lengths, like Sarah Brannon and Nora Attal, had their hair cast into a low chignon intricately woven into an 8-shape and wrapped in diaphanous netting. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Most Elegant Way to Wear Metallic Eye Makeup, According to the Altuzarra Runway," 29 Feb. 2020 Billie Eilish, whose rapid rise and rabid young fandom is one of music’s most dynamic stories in years, arrived with her neon-green hair in a messy chignon. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Oscars Fashion 2020: Janelle Monáe, Bong Joon-ho, and Hints of a More Imaginative Academy Awards," 10 Feb. 2020 Johnson braided the singer's hair into six chunky cornrows and then pulled it into a simple chignon at the base of her neck, using T3 tools and Emerge hair products. Rachel Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alicia Keys’ Natural Beauty Look Wins the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 The veteran star was all smiles in a custom Vera Wang strapless ball gown, accented with Bulgari diamonds and minimalist beauty look — a tight chignon and barely-there makeup — which put her large floral back tattoo on full display. Megan Decker,, "Scarlett Johansson’s Golden Globes Look Puts Her Back Tattoo On Full Display," 6 Jan. 2020 Pulled back into a chignon, Mandy’s blonde highlights are on full display, with two sections inexplicably pulled from the center of her hairline to frame her face (or obscure her vision, depending on which way the wind blows). Teen Vogue, "Mandy Moore Shared a Throwback '90s Homecoming Picture," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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30 Aug 2020

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“Chignon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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