Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

fichu

[fish-oo; French fee-shy]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural fich·us [fish-ooz; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ uz; French fiˈʃü/.
  1. a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.

Origin of fichu

1795–1805; < French: noun use of fichu, past participle of ficher to drive in, fix (informally, to throw, fling; hence, something put on hastily, loosely attached) < Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. finca
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fichus

Historical Examples

  • Grandfather liked Grandmother to wear caps, so she did it; also fichus and full-skirted silks, whether such were in fashion or no.

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Also there were fichus and lace-edged handkerchiefs and such things, to strike a young girl dumb with delight.

    The Story of Bawn

    Katharine Tynan


British Dictionary definitions for fichus

fichu

noun
  1. a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century

Word Origin

C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fichus

fichu

n.

1803, from French fichu (18c. in this sense), apparently a noun use of the adj. fichu "carelessly thrown on," from Latin figere "to fasten" (see fix). "[M]od. substitution for a coarser word" [Weekley].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper