- 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
Examples from the Web for chignon
The hood resting on the edge of her chignon formed a kind of Phrygian cap.The Fortune of the Rougons
She was thinking abruptly, unhappily, about that chignon she had bought yesterday.Teething Ring
Dotty was giving an extra touch to her chignon, and Prudy trying on her cap.Prudy Keeping House
Mrs. Tripp tossed her chignon and descended a step of the stairs.Cressy
Some deal in human hair, which is used by native females as a chignon.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- an arrangement of long hair in a roll or knot at the back of the head
Word Origin and History for chignon
"knot or coil of hair worn at the back of the neck," from French chignon "nape of the neck," from Old French chaignon "iron collar, shackles, noose" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *catenionem (nominative *catenio), from Latin catena "chain, fetter, restraint" (see chain (n.)). Popular 1780s, 1870s, 1940s. Form influenced in French by tignon "coil of hair."