- a sheer fabric of silk, nylon, or rayon in plain weave.
- any women's dress ornament, as ribbon or lace.
- (of dresses, scarves, etc.) resembling or made of chiffon.
- (in cooking) having a light, frothy texture, as certain pies and cakes containing beaten egg whites.
Origin of chiffon
Examples from the Web for chiffon
The acrobat was twirling during her performance, suspended by a chiffon scarf.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
The dress is a classic, with its soft, lavender hue, chiffon fabric, and minimalist shape.Barbara Tfank: The Red Carpet Radical
March 2, 2014
As her website boasts, the collection features “silk charmeuse, chiffon, and stretch wovens.”From ‘The Hills’ to Over the Hill: Lauren Conrad’s Premature Aging
September 24, 2012
Her flowing dusty-rose gown seemed to envelop her—like a chiffon pup tent held up with silver sequins.Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Kristen Wiig: 2012 Oscars’ Best, Worst, and Wilted
February 27, 2012
Sparkle winked under layers of chiffon and fur, and peaked out from under the hem of a cape.Fashion Week Day 7
February 17, 2010
They were working up the judges into a state of excitement for this chiffon court-martial.My Double Life
At first she proceeded circumspectly, with an eye to the chiffon.
She would wear the chiffon, another chiffon, altogether glorious.
Another "dressed in grey satin and chiffon" sang charmingly.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
Crêpe yarn is used in making crêpe, chiffon, and for other purposes.Textiles
William H. Dooley
- a fine transparent or almost transparent plain-weave fabric of silk, nylon, etc
- (often plural) rare feminine finery
- made of chiffon
- (of soufflés, pies, cakes, etc) having a very light fluffy texture
Word Origin and History for chiffon
"feminine finery, sheer silk fabric," 1765, from French chiffon (17c.), diminutive of chiffe "a rag, piece of cloth" (17c.), of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of English chip (n.1) or one of its Germanic cousins. Klein suggests Arabic. Extension to pastry is attested by 1929.