coif

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

Definition of coif

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb
\ ˈkȯif How to pronounce coif (audio) , ˈkwäf How to pronounce coif (audio) \
coiffed or coifed; coiffing or coifing

Definition of coif (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From that fateful coif grew an impressive screen career, one that has positioned Ahmed as one of the industry’s most compelling, blazingly modern performers. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 Serena mentioned that her great-grandmother slept sitting upright in a chair, so as to preserve her traditional Arlésienne coif. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Cardi recreated the look down to the blonde coif and bejeweled eyebrows. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 Serena mentioned that her great-grandmother slept sitting upright in a chair, so as to preserve her traditional Arlésienne coif. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Serena mentioned that her great-grandmother slept sitting upright in a chair, so as to preserve her traditional Arlésienne coif. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Serena mentioned that her great-grandmother slept sitting upright in a chair, so as to preserve her traditional Arlésienne coif. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Today, at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2020 show, Mark Ronson arrived with his artfully large Jimmy Neutron coif and a crisp invitation in his hand. Liam Hess, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 Serena mentioned that her great-grandmother slept sitting upright in a chair, so as to preserve her traditional Arlésienne coif. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the wig-fitting event in Rockville on Tuesday, stylist volunteers from the Frederick and Annapolis locations of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School helped women select and coif their wigs. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 From start to finish, Khoudri has had hairstylist Adir Abergel by her side to help coif her shoulder-grazing brunette bob for every occasion, each more glamorous than the next. Lauren Valent, Vogue, 19 July 2021 More specialized professions emerged, including that of the hairdresser, who would visit women in their homes to cut and coif their hair. Marc Bain, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2020 In this key moment, Emma’s humanity bleeds through her perfectly coiffed, ironed and embroidered facade. The Conversation, 27 Mar. 2020 Her blond hair coifed, she was dressed in a navy cashmere turtleneck and jeans, a baroque pearl slung from a diamond chain around her neck, and alternated between burbling conspiratorial laughter and a cleareyed appraisal of what lies ahead. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019 Kirby, looking beautifully coiffed and made up even at her most bruised and battered, is the obvious cast standout, stealing scene after scene from Johnson and Statham in what amounts to a kind of cinematic grand larceny. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, 14 stylists are coiffing the hordes of background players using about 50 wigs designated for extras. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2019 Shirley, in her tank top and streaked hair, looked uneasy among the professionally dressed and well-coifed podcast hosts staffing the booths. Author: Britt Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of coif

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coif

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

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“Coif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coif. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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coif

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English Language Learners Definition of coif

: to cut and arrange someone's hair

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