- 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
Related Words for fichuscloth, 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
Also there were fichus and lace-edged handkerchiefs and such things, to strike a young girl dumb with delight.The Story of Bawn
- a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
Word Origin 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].