Definition of coiffure
- I love his eerily perfect coiffure and his … impish smile …
- —Scott Raab
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with his flashy suit and carefully sculpted coiffure, he looks like a slick car dealer
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First appearing in English in the 1630s, coiffure derives from the French verb coiffer, which can mean "to arrange (hair)" or "to cover with a coif (any of various close-fitting caps, such as that worn under a veil by a nun)." The word is now used as a somewhat fancy way of saying "hairdo." Be careful not to confuse it with "coiffeur," which refers to a man who works as a hairdresser (and of which "coiffeuse" is the female equivalent). You may also encounter "coif" used to mean "hairstyle" - in such cases, "coif" is operating as a shortened form of "coiffure."
First Known Use: circa 1631See Words from the same year
: a way of cutting and arranging someone's hair
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