coiffure

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noun coif·fure \kwä-ˈfyu̇r\

Definition of coiffure

  1. :  a style or manner of arranging the hair I love his eerily perfect coiffure and his … impish smile … — Scott Raab

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Examples of coiffure in a Sentence

  1. with his flashy suit and carefully sculpted coiffure, he looks like a slick car dealer

Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of coiffure

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, “head covering, adornment of the hair,” from coiffer “to cover with a coif, arrange (hair)” (going back to Old French coiffer, coifer, derivative of coife 1coif) + -ure -ure


First Known Use: circa 1631


COIFFURE Defined for English Language Learners

coiffure

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noun coif·fure \kwä-ˈfyu̇r\

Definition of coiffure for English Language Learners

  • : a way of cutting and arranging someone's hair



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