[kwah-fyoo r; French kwa-fyr]

noun, plural coif·fures [kwah-fyoo rz; French kwa-fyr] /kwɑˈfyʊərz; French kwaˈfür/.

a style of arranging or combing the hair.
a head covering; headdress.

verb (used with object), coif·fured [kwah-fyoo rd] /kwɑˈfyʊərd/, coif·fur·ing [kwah-fyoo r-ing] /kwɑˈfyʊər ɪŋ/.

to provide with a coiffure.

Origin of coiffure

1625–35; < French, equivalent to coiff(er) to dress the hair (see coif1) + -ure -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coiffure

Historical Examples of coiffure

  • Her gown was a miracle, her hat was another, and her coiffure a third.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • I see now where the present bedlamite style of coiffure comes from.


    Louisa M. Alcott

  • The coiffure was German, and she wore a collar like an order.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • You see here every variety of coiffure that has ever been known.

  • Princess Mary grew quite unconscious of her face and coiffure.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for coiffure



a hairstyle
an obsolete word for headdress


(tr) to dress or arrange (the hair)
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Word Origin and History for coiffure

"style or fashion of wearing the hair," 1630s, from French coiffure, from coiffer (see coiffeur).

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