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fichu

[fish-oo; French fee-shy]
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noun, plural fich·us [fish-ooz; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ uz; French fiˈʃü/.
  1. a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.
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Origin of fichu

1795–1805; < French: noun use of fichu, past participle of ficher to drive in, fix (informally, to throw, fling; hence, something put on hastily, loosely attached) < Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. finca
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Historical Examples

  • The green chiffon crossed the shoulders in fichu effect, and the elbow-length sleeves were edged with bands of green.

    What Will People Say?

    Rupert Hughes

  • Pamela's contained a rather short-waisted frock of lilac silk, with a fichu of chiffon tied softly round the shoulders.

  • It only wants the sleeves shortened and some lace put in, and the neck turned down to make it lower, and then a fichu put round.

  • The women wore a calico skirt, a white shirt with a bracelet at the elbow to hold the sleeves and a fichu on the head.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

  • She furthermore wore a fichu of a style which had been entirely extinct for fifty years at least.


British Dictionary definitions for fichu

fichu

noun
  1. a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
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Word Origin

C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix
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Word Origin and History for fichu

n.

1803, from French fichu (18c. in this sense), apparently a noun use of the adj. fichu "carelessly thrown on," from Latin figere "to fasten" (see fix). "[M]od. substitution for a coarser word" [Weekley].

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