[ shi-fon, shif-on ]
/ ʃɪˈfɒn, ˈʃɪf ɒn /


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

1755–65; < French, equivalent to chiffe rag (< Arabic shiff sheer fabric) + -on noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chiffon

/ (ʃɪˈfɒn, ˈʃɪfɒn) /


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

Derived forms of chiffon

chiffony, adjective

Word Origin for chiffon

C18: from French, from chiffe rag; probably related to chip
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