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coif

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[ kwahf, koif ]
/ kwɑf, kɔɪf /
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noun, verb (used with object)
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Also coiffe [kwahf] /kwɑf/ .

Origin of coif

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Probably a back formation from coiffure, or from French coiffer, its base

Other definitions for coif (2 of 2)

coif2
[ koif ]
/ kɔɪf /

noun
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.
Also coiffe [koif] /kɔɪf/ .

Origin of coif

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English coyf(e), from Anglo-French coife, Old French coiffe, from Late Latin cofia, cofea “headdress, sort of cap,” from unattested West Germanic kuf(f)ja
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How to use coif in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coif

coif
/ (kɔɪf) /

noun
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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