noun, plural chi·gnons [sheen-yonz, sheen-yuhnz; French shee-nyawn] /ˈʃin yɒnz, ʃinˈyʌnz; French ʃiˈnyɔ̃/.
Origin of chignon
Examples from the Web for chignon
Some of them wore the chignon, and others long curls; the youngest ones who wore curls looked at a distance like women.
The back division is combed back, and after being twisted into a compact mass, is tied in a chignon upon the crown of the head.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
It was not that the chignon was in itself a thing of beauty, but that it imparted so unmistakable an air of fashion!
I request, Mr. Chignon, you will devote your ambition to your own part of the compliment.The Heiress;|John Burgoyne
"Chignon" was a word which she had never been heard to pronounce.
British Dictionary definitions for chignon
Word Origin for chignon
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."