coiffeuse

noun

coif·​feuse kwä-ˈfərz How to pronounce coiffeuse (audio)
-ˈfəz,
-ˈfyüz,
-ˈfüz How to pronounce coiffeuse (audio)
: a woman who is a hairdresser

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That question could best be answered by the barrio’s fierce matriarchs, Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz), who emigrated with her mother from Cuba in the 1940s, and Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega), the gregarious coiffeuse whose salon has been the epicenter for conversation and social activity for years. Washington Post, 4 June 2021

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, from coiffer "to arrange (hair)" + -euse, feminine agent suffix — more at coiffure, chanteuse

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coiffeuse was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Coiffeuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coiffeuse. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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