coiffure

noun
coif·​fure | \ kwä-ˈfyu̇r How to pronounce coiffure (audio) \

Definition of coiffure

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

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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."

Examples of coiffure in a Sentence

with his flashy suit and carefully sculpted coiffure, he looks like a slick car dealer
Recent Examples on the Web But it’s not the sociological critique that gives the show its shine — which, at least in the first two episodes, is too shallow and moralistic to take seriously anyway — but the inspirational spectacles of creative Black coiffure. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In Xinjiang, Chen wore his thin, jet-black hair in a precise coiffure, and travelled with a security detail brought with him from Tibet. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 The ultimate coiffure chameleon, the musician and entrepreneur swapped her long braids for a rebellious, playful pixie cut earlier this spring. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of coiffure

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 coif entry 1) + -ure -ure

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The first known use of coiffure was circa 1631

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15 Oct 2021

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“Coiffure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coiffure. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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coiffure

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English Language Learners Definition of coiffure

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

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