[ sheen-yon, sheen-yuhn; French shee-nyawn ]
/ ˈʃin yɒn, ʃinˈyʌn; French ʃiˈnyɔ̃ /

noun, plural chi·gnons [sheen-yonz, sheen-yuhnz; French shee-nyawn] /ˈʃin yɒnz, ʃinˈyʌnz; French ʃiˈnyɔ̃/.

a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn by women at the nape of the neck or the back of the head.


Origin of chignon

1775–85; < French: nape, roll of hair at nape, blend of Middle French chaignon (variant of chainon link, equivalent to chaine chain + -on noun suffix) and tignon twist of hair (tigne (< Latin tinea worm) + -on noun suffix)

Related forms

chi·gnoned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chignon


/ (ˈʃiːnjɒn, French ʃiɲɔ̃) /


an arrangement of long hair in a roll or knot at the back of the head

Derived Forms

chignoned, adjective

Word Origin for chignon

C18: from French, from Old French chaignon link, from chaine chain; influenced also by Old French tignon coil of hair, from tigne, moth, from Latin tinea moth
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