noun ti·gnon \(ˈ)tē¦yȯn\

Definition of tignon



  1. :  a madras handkerchief used especially in Louisiana as a headdress

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Origin and Etymology of tignon

Louisiana French, from French, nape of the neck, chignon, from French dialect tigne moth, scalp disease, from Latin tinea moth, worm

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