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fichu

[fish-oo; French fee-shy]
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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Related Words for fichus

cloth, stole, scarf, choker, mantle, shawl, cope, cloak, wrapper, cardinal, wrap, poncho, gabardine, tippet, pelisse, Vandyke, capote, mantilla, tabard, dolman

Examples from the Web for fichus

Historical Examples of fichus

  • Grandfather liked Grandmother to wear caps, so she did it; also fichus and full-skirted silks, whether such were in fashion or no.

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Also there were fichus and lace-edged handkerchiefs and such things, to strike a young girl dumb with delight.

    The Story of Bawn

    Katharine Tynan


British Dictionary definitions for fichus

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 for fichu

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 fichus

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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