- 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.
- to cover or dress with or as with a coif.
Origin of coif1
Origin of coif2
Related Words for coifkerchief, mantle, veil, shawl, bonnet, protector, hat, wimple, purdah, cowl, yashmak, babushka, mantilla, coif, capuchin, capuche
Examples from the Web for coif
Historical Examples of coif
She wore a coif and a lace frilling in the fashion of the Regency.The Gods are Athirst
The Sussex name Quaile represents the Norman pronunciation of coif.The Romance of Names
Her hair had fallen loose in her coif, it depended on to her shoulder.The Fifth Queen Crowned
Ford Madox Ford
Mother sent me to buy her a coif, and I got this for the money too.All's Well
Emily Sarah Holt
They thought you were very old, and must be going to coif Saint Catherine.More about Pixie
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
- a close-fitting cap worn under a veil, worn in the Middle Ages by many women but now only by nuns
- any similar cap, such as a leather cap worn under a chain-mail hood
- (formerly in England) the white cap worn by a serjeant at law
- a base for the elaborate women's headdresses of the 16th century
- (kwɑːf) a less common word for coiffure (def. 1)
- to cover with or as if with a coif
- (kwɑːf) to arrange (the hair)
Word Origin for coif
Word Origin and History for coif
late 13c., "close-fitting cap," from Old French coife "skull-cap, cap worn under a helmet, headgear" (12c., Modern French coiffe), from Late Latin coifa "a cap, hood" (source of Italian cuffia, Spanish cofia, escofia), of West Germanic origin (cf. Old High German kupphia, Middle High German kupfe "cap").
mid-15c., "to cover with a cap," from Middle French coiffer, from Old French coife (see coif (n.)); sense of "to arrange the hair" is attested in English from 1835. Related: Coifed; coifing.