noun, plural coif·feurs [kwa-fœr] /kwaˈfœr/. French.

a man who is a hairdresser. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coiffeur

Historical Examples of coiffeur

  • Her hair was dazzlingly yellow, and arranged with all the stiffness of the coiffeur's art.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She had on all her old lace, and my coiffeur did her hair beautifully.

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch

  • We shared the same manicurist, milliner, modiste, and coiffeur.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • It was to ride to Sonnay, to tell the coiffeur there to come to Lancilly early to-morrow.


    Eleanor Price

  • She was "out," so it was dressed high on her head by a French coiffeur.

British Dictionary definitions for coiffeur



a hairdresser
Derived Formscoiffeuse (kwɑːˈfɜːz, French kwaføz), fem n
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Word Origin and History for coiffeur

1847, from French coiffeur "hairdresser," from coiffer "to dress hair," from Old French coife, originally, "inner part of the helmet" (see coif (n.)). A woman hairdresser would be properly a coiffeuse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper