chignon

noun
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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The Big Little Lies star wore a large black velvet bow in her hair, placed just at the top of a classic chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Internet Is Divided Over Nicole Kidman's Hair Bow at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Her platinum hair is twisted into a piecey chignon, and architectural jewelry drips from her body — a cascade of crystals dangling inside a helix and a large pearl suspended from a hoop are cinched to her ears. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Mathilde Laurent Used All of Her Senses to Create a Scent That Smells Like Diamonds," 2 Oct. 2018 Since the frock's frilly collar makes a major statement, the star swept her hair back into a simple chignon and left her fussy jewelry at home. Elana Fishman, Marie Claire, "Dressed to Thrill: Zooey Deschanel in Moschino," 17 Aug. 2011 With a part down the middle, the rest of her hair was pulled back into a tidy chignon. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 The 36-year-old's hair was styled by Serge Normant in a low chignon with a middle part and face framing tendrils. Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy at royal wedding," 22 May 2018 Hairstylist Christine Symonds styled her hair in a low chignon with a Jennifer Behr black net face veiling, while Danielle Frankel pearl drop earrings grazed her collarbones. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 Her hairstylist Marissa Marino created soft and romantic ringlets that were pulled back into a low chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Just Shared Her Thoughts on Her Met Gala Spray Tan," 9 May 2018 No hairstyle is more summer-ready than a sleek chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Meghan Markle Growing Out Her Signature Tendrils?," 5 July 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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chignon

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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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