- 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.
Origin of fichu
Examples from the Web for fichu
The green chiffon crossed the shoulders in fichu effect, and the elbow-length sleeves were edged with bands of green.What Will People Say?
Pamela's contained a rather short-waisted frock of lilac silk, with a fichu of chiffon tied softly round the shoulders.The Quiver 12/1899
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.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
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.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
- a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
Word Origin and History for fichu
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].