[ koif ]
/ kɔɪf /


a hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn beneath a veil, as by nuns.
any of various hoodlike caps, varying through the centuries in shape and purpose, worn by men and women.
a cap similar to a skullcap, formerly worn by sergeants at law.
Armor. a covering for the head and neck, made of leather, padded cloth, or mail.
British. the rank or position of a sergeant at law.

verb (used with object)

to cover or dress with or as with a coif.

Origin of coif

1250–1300; Middle English coyf(e) < Anglo-French coife, Old French coiffe < Late Latin cofia, cofea headdress, sort of cap < West Germanic *kuf(f)ja

Definition for coif (2 of 2)

[ kwahf, koif ]
/ kwɑf, kɔɪf /

noun, verb (used with object)

Also coiffe.

Origin of coif

probably back formation from coiffure, or < French coiffer, its base Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for coif

/ (kɔɪf) /


verb coifs, coiffing or coiffed (tr)

to cover with or as if with a coif
(kwɑːf) to arrange (the hair)

Word Origin for coif

C14: from Old French coiffe, from Late Latin cofea helmet, cap, of obscure origin
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