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coif

noun \ ˈkȯif , in sense 2 also ˈkwäf \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of coif

1 : a close-fitting cap: such as
a : a hoodlike cap worn under a veil by nuns
b : a protective usually metal skullcap formerly worn under a hood of mail
c : a white cap formerly worn by English lawyers and especially by serjeants-at-law; also : the order or rank of a serjeant-at-law
2 : coiffure
  • … wore her hair teased into a dramatic coif.
  • —Lawrence Wright

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Origin and Etymology of coif

Middle English coife, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to early Medieval Latin cofea, cuphia, of uncertain origin


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coif

verb \ ˈkȯif , ˈkwäf \

Definition of coif

coiffed or coifed; coiffing or coifing
transitive verb
1 : to cover or dress with or as if with a coif
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[after French coiffer — more at coiffure]
: to arrange (hair) by brushing, combing, or curling
  • Her long blonde hair was nicely coifed.

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Origin and Etymology of coif

Middle English coifen, derivative of coife 1coif


COIF Defined for English Language Learners

coif

verb

Definition of coif for English Language Learners

  • : to cut and arrange someone's hair



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