Definition of chignon
: a knot of hair that is worn at the back of the head and especially at the nape of the neck
Recent Examples of chignon from the Web
My lips were pouty, plump and red, and my hair was swept into an elegant chignon.
As much as Serena embodies the villain, locking the Handmaid in the tower and throwing away the key, a crucial element of this episode is digging behind that tightly wound chignon and into her humanity.
Another typical image, posted in early January, shows a woman in an Aqua-Netted chignon, pageant makeup, and a black lacy bra, posing with a bowl of sweet-potato noodles and a plastic mini-jug of ReaLemon lemon juice.
Out of a gondola steps a willowy beauty wearing a tomato-red lace gown with bold pink appliqué carnations, her raven hair pulled back in a low chignon.
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Origin and Etymology of chignon
French, from Medieval French chaignon chain, collar, nape
First Known Use: 1783See Words from the same year
CHIGNON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chignon for English Language Learners
: 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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