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coif

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noun \ˈkȯif, in sense 2 also ˈkwäf\

Definition of coif

  1. 1 :  a close-fitting cap: such asa :  a hoodlike cap worn under a veil by nunsb :  a protective usually metal skullcap formerly worn under a hood of mailc :  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. 2 :  coiffure … wore her hair teased into a dramatic coif. — Lawrence Wright

Origin and Etymology of coif

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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coif

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verb \ˈkȯif, ˈkwäf\

Definition of coif

coiffed

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coifed

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coiffing

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coifing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover or dress with or as if with a coif

  3. 2 [after French coiffer — more at coiffure] :  to arrange (hair) by brushing, combing, or curling Her long blonde hair was nicely coifed.

Origin and Etymology of coif

Middle English coifen, derivative of coife 1coif


First Known Use: 15th century


COIF Defined for English Language Learners


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coif

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verb \ˈkȯif, ˈkwäf\

Definition of coif for English Language Learners

  • : to cut and arrange someone's hair



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