: a woman's light triangular scarf that is draped over the shoulders and fastened in front or worn to fill in a low neckline

Word History


French, from past participle of ficher to stick in, throw on, from Vulgar Latin *figicare, from Latin figere to fasten, pierce

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fichu was in 1803

Dictionary Entries Near fichu

Cite this Entry

“Fichu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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