noun coin·tise \kwanˈtēz\

Definition of cointise



  1. :  a fanciful or symbolical article of apparel; especially :  a scarf worn on a lady's headdress or as a token of favor on a knight's helmet

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Origin and Etymology of cointise

Middle English (also, wisdom, skill), from Old French, from cointe wise, skillful, elegantly dressed — more at quaint

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