coif

1 of 2

noun

ˈkȯif How to pronounce coif (audio)
in sense 2 also
ˈkwäf How to pronounce coif (audio)
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

coif

2 of 2

verb

coiffed or coifed; coiffing or coifing

transitive verb

1
: to cover or dress with or as if with a coif
2
[after French coiffer — more at coiffure] : to arrange (hair) by brushing, combing, or curling
Her long blonde hair was nicely coifed.

Examples of coif in a Sentence

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Noun
The long-lasting formulation protects the hair from heat and humidity for up to 72 hours—and its hold can be adjusted to suit the needs of your particular coif. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 29 June 2024 Rapunzel-style coif intact, Champion begins her routine of (many) face rollers, acupressure, and model-on-the-go makeup. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 20 June 2024
Verb
The fix will take some courage and will go against the easy choice for 2024 Broadway but actually is not that hard: Take away the Margaret Thatcher coifs and the pursed lips and make the women feel real, which means showing us their pain. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2024 As for her glam, the actress’ sleek bob was coiffed to the side by Tym Wallace. Julia Teti, WWD, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for coif 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English coifen, derivative of coife coif entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coif was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Coif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coif. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

coif

1 of 2 noun
ˈkȯif How to pronounce coif (audio)
in sense 2 usually
ˈkwäf How to pronounce coif (audio)
1
: a close-fitting cap
2

coif

2 of 2 verb
coiffed or coifed; coiffing or coifing
: to cover or dress with a coif

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