chi·gnon | \ ˈshēn-ˌyän 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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Paired with an ethereal Vera Wang tulle ballgown and a wispy chignon, Kapoor's intricately drawn on accessory was the ultimate black tie addition. Vogue, "This Bollywood Actress Just Stepped Out in the Most Head-Turning Henna at Cannes," 16 May 2018 Meghan was dressed in a dark green top and mid-length skirt with pockets, her hair pulled back in an off-center low chignon. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry arrive in Ireland on first foreign trip as couple," 10 July 2018 For the ceremony, I was set to wear my hair in a low chignon, a pearl necklace, and a floor-length, slate-blue floral lace gown that was both lovely and conservative. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Why, at 31, I Finally Started Wearing My Afro," 29 June 2018 This isn't the first time Middleton has won one: she was spotted back in October 2016 wearing a barely detectable net over a neat chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Why Kate Middleton Likes to Wear Hairnets," 11 July 2018 Meghan Markle previously caught a lot of flak for wearing her hair in a loose updo, but the critique of her (perfectly pretty!) chignon came from a misguided place. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Royal Protocol?," 26 June 2018 Lee finished the look by gathering the back of Chopra’s hair into a low chignon. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Here’s How Priyanka Chopra Nailed Her Met Gala Beauty Look," 8 May 2018 Awful things tend to happen to Offred any time Mrs. Waterford loosens the chignon. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 NBC Pippa, who is roughly four months pregnant and recently married herself, opted for a sleek updo, rather than her usual loose waves, sweeping her hair into a low, rolled chignon that's framed with a thick, three-strand brand. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore the Prettiest Updo to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 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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