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coiffure

[kwah-fyoo r; French kwa-fyr]
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noun, plural coif·fures [kwah-fyoo rz; French kwa-fyr] /kwɑˈfyʊərz; French kwaˈfür/.
  1. a style of arranging or combing the hair.
  2. a head covering; headdress.
verb (used with object), coif·fured [kwah-fyoo rd] /kwɑˈfyʊərd/, coif·fur·ing [kwah-fyoo r-ing] /kwɑˈfyʊər ɪŋ/.
  1. to provide with a coiffure.

Origin of coiffure

1625–35; < French, equivalent to coiff(er) to dress the hair (see coif1) + -ure -ure
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Examples from the Web for coiffured

Historical Examples

  • How strange, this lady with the coiffured hair and neat little shirtwaist!

    My Wonderful Visit

    Charlie Chaplin

  • The old potentate was in his morning gown, freshly bathed, shaved and coiffured and smelling of pomade and cigarette smoke.

  • Women were beautiful, tastefully gowned and coiffured, but it was easy to see that they were merely women.

    Mezzerow Loves Company

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • Mrs. Lem appeared behind her, wreathed in smiles, and coiffured and arrayed in her company best.

    The Opened Shutters

    Clara Louise Burnham


British Dictionary definitions for coiffured

coiffure

noun
  1. a hairstyle
  2. an obsolete word for headdress
verb
  1. (tr) to dress or arrange (the hair)
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Word Origin and History for coiffured

coiffure

n.

"style or fashion of wearing the hair," 1630s, from French coiffure, from coiffer (see coiffeur).

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